Gateshead cancer survivor may carry Olympic torch

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenage cancer survivor could be given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch across the region.

Michael Ready

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenage cancer survivor could be given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch across the region.

Michael Ready, of Lobley Hill, Gateshead, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in March last year and faced a gruelling regime of radiotherapy and chemotherapy to save his life.

But, determined to help others in similar situations, the 20-year-old threw himself into raising as much money as possible for the Charlie Bear Cancer Care charity.

Michael, who was a promising football player with Whickham under-21s before he became ill, launched a fundraising campaign with his parents Lynn and Michael and sister Laura, raising more than £11,000 in just one year.

The money raised helped pay for equipment to make life more enjoyable for young people as they undergo cancer treatment.

In April, he won The Journal’s Great North Run Hall of Fame award for his for his bravery in the face of extreme illness.

Now Michael has been nominated to be an Olympic torchbearer in the London 2012 flame relay.

The London 2012 Olympic torch relay will travel thousands of miles, arriving in Newcastle on June 15 next year as part of a 70-day celebration.

It will bring the spirit of the games to hundreds of communities across the UK, and it is estimated some 95% of the population will be within a one-hour journey of the flame.

Michael was nominated by his mother Lynn, a financial PA. She said: “Michael is such an inspiration to all our friends and family. At 19 he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a blood cancer.

“Michael underwent six months of chemotherapy and 12 weeks of radiotherapy and is now in remission. He has raised over £11,000 for charity within a year.

“We’ve had so many people get in touch to say they want him to carry the torch, so it would just be the cherry on the cake if they chose him to do it.”

Sally Hancock, director of 2012 partnership and group sponsorship at Lloyds TSB, said: “As the only national presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay, Lloyds TSB is bringing the Olympic flame closer to communities across the UK.

“We are inviting everybody to share the journey and nominate someone who has made a difference to their local community to carry the Olympic flame.”

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