Tommy and friends raise over £5,000!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A LOCAL golfer, diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, has raised over £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer!
Tommy Surgenor, from Ballymena, received first class help from Macmillan before and after his treatment, and decided he wanted to give something back.
Recently, he and 18 other colleagues, undertook the Macmillan Longest Day Challenge, which meant completing 72 holes at Raceview Golf Club in one day.
Speaking to Guardian Sport Tommy, who works in the ICT department of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, recalled that this time last year he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“I was overwhelmed with the support that certain charities gave me while I was going through my treatment. It wasn't just Macmillan but also Friends of Cancer and others. It was a great comfort for me to know that I, and my fiancé Cara, had people to turn to when needed," he said.
Tommy admitted that his diagnosis came as a shock to him.
“ It's not something I ever checked for. I did not think it happened to someone my age. Now it is something I openly talk about to try and persuade others to check themselves and remove the stigma surrounding it," said Tommy.
And he said that due to his openness to discuss the subject, a lot of people approached him and told him their stories.
“ I was shocked at how many people I knew had been diagnosed or had family going through treatment. At that point, I knew I wanted to do something to repay the compassion I was shown by the nurses and charities," Tommy told Guardian Sport.
Tommy had always seen the promotional material for the Longest Day Challenge and had suggested to three good friends that it was something he wanted to get involved with.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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