GETTING the all-clear from cancer has spurred Reg Edmunds on to fulfil a dream to complete a 538-mile hike.
The 70-year-old was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January after routine testing found the disease.
Having cancer focuses the mind and I feel I will be able to do thisReg Edmunds, 70
In April, the retired advocate had his prostate removed by the Da Vinci robot – a device that allows surgeons to work on patients remotely.
This means the surgeon can be more precise and a patient recovers quicker with smaller incision marks.
The Rocky Appeal needs to raise £2.4m to keep the remote at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Mr Edmunds, of Armory Lane, Old Portsmouth, is walking the length of the GR10, a 538-mile footpath across the Pyrenees at the France/Spain border.
He said: ‘I saw a consultant at QA and he offered me options and one was to have my prostate taken out.
‘I was then offered the choice to be operated on by the robot, which I agreed to and saw the machine prior to the operation.
‘I was impressed by what I saw and felt reassured by it.
‘I was in hospital for five days and then back home and recovering really well.
‘I’ve always been a keen hiker and have done 107 miles in Wales.
‘After having this operation I’m feeling confident and want to do something to say thank you.
‘So I’m going to walk the Pyrenees. It’s one I’ve chickened out on before.
‘Having cancer focuses the mind and I feel I will be able to do this.
‘And if people want to join me then they are more than welcome to.
‘The trip will be a maximum of 60 days and money raised will be donated to the Rocky Appeal.’
Mr Edmunds will be leaving on July 22 and will start his hike on July 24.
If anyone is interested in joining Mr Edmunds on his trip, then they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
To sponsor him, go to just-giving.com/reg-edmunds
To find out more on the appeal call Mick Lyons on (023) 9228 6487.