Brave Dan’s new challenge

Dan McIntyre and Denny Denly. The photo of Denny is of him on the trike which we will be using again, back in 1947.
Dan McIntyre and Denny Denly. The photo of Denny is of him on the trike which we will be using again, back in 1947.

A MAN who has twice beaten cancer is to take part in a run to raise money for a Leeds treatment centre that cared for him.

Yet Dan McIntyre’s challenge will be even tougher than that of the other runners – for he is in a wheelchair as a result of his multiple sclerosis.

Dan, of Liversedge, beat colon cancer after being diagnosed in 2001, and last year fought prostate cancer.

Now he wants to take part in the run to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds, which raises funds for St James’s Hospital oncology unit in Leeds, where he was treated last year.

He said: “They are really amazing people. They are trying to raise £10,000 for new scanning equipment.

“This last time I had radiotherapy there which didn’t work, and we went to chemotherapy.”

Dan said suffering cancer twice had been ‘horrific’.

He said: “You think, having been through it already you know what to expect and you are used to it but it’s still a huge, massive shock.

He said he heard about the Big Fun Run, which takes place in Roundhay Park in Leeds, tomorrow, through a friend who worked at the centre.

He said: “I have been practising in the park.

“I think it will take about two hours.

“Roundhay Park is hilly – the first section is mostly downhill but coming back it’s all uphill so that will slow me down quite a lot.”

Dan is fresh from another fundraising challenge which saw him cross the Alps on a vintage tricycle to raise money for Disabled Motoring UK.

Dan recreated the journey first made by the founder of the charity, OA Denly, known as Denny, in 1947.

He even used the same tricycle Denny took across the mountains.

To sponsor Dan, visit www.justgiving.com/danmcintyre.