ALMOST two years ago Peter Barty was diagnosed with cancer.
But now he is preparing to celebrate his 40th birthday by climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Peter, from Osborn Road in Fareham, was diagnosed with bone cancer in November 2009. He had a major operation to remove a bone in his shoulder which was then filled with a metal replacement.
In the last year he has raised almost £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support through running and organising fundraising activities. He is hoping to top £8,000 by the time he sets off to Tanzania on October 6.
Peter, who now has permanent limitations on his shoulder, said: ‘I can’t wait now. Going through what I have been through, wanting to do something for Macmillan just spurred me on.
‘I know there are risks, but there are risks in everything in life. I have kind of been given another chance.
‘I know it’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be the hardest thing I have ever done. But I am really excited about getting started. When I get to the top it will be quite emotional. I am going with a friend so I will be able to share the experience with somebody else who is close to me.’
Peter said has been overwhelmed with the amount of money that has been raised so far. He added: ‘I want to promote awareness for Macmillan that chaps in their 30s do get cancer.’
To sponsor Peter, visit justgiving.com/peterbarty.