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Guildford man recovering from bladder cancer takes on wing walk

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Guildford man recovering from bladder cancer takes on wing walk

Published at 6:00am 29th April 2018. (Updated at 2:35pm 29th April 2018)

A Guildford man recovering from bladder cancer is set to take to the skies in aid of giving something back.

Nick Caldwell was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and following a year of treatment and another year of pain his condition is improving.

Now Nick is taking on the challenge of a wing walk to raise money for various cancer charities.

He said: "During the flight they've told me that we'll be doing speeds up to 130 miles per hour, hopefully we'll manage a loop the loop as well.

"Some people think I'm raving mad doing it of course, but I'm sort of quite looking forward to it really."

After noticing blood in his urine in 2015 he didn't go to his doctor until it reappeared nine months later and says a lack of awareness of the disease is stopping people being diagnosed early.

Nick Caldwell

On being diagnosed, he said: "It's made me realise as to how vulnerable we all are, just when I'm walking down the street and looking at people and seeing everybody.

"We're all human, they're no different to me of course and we can all get this stuff and we all need to be on to it and so it's important really that we are ahead of the game in understanding it."

He added: "When I was younger in my twenties, it was always our parents and our aunts and uncles and other people raising money and doing things. I'm sort of beginning to realise that no, it's our generation, it's our turn now.

"I'm 45 and this is something that is affecting me and family members and we're of the ability of doing something so it's becoming more appropriate that now's the time for us all to step up, as it's our generation.

Nick was inspired to do the wing walk after a friend had decided to take it on, having himself been diagnosed with Parkinson's, to raise money for Parkinson’s UK as part Parkinson's awareness month. 

 

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