AN EVESHAM dad who survived skin cancer three times is putting his best foot forward to walk to London for an all-night marathon event for Cancer Research UK.
Removals man David Karlinski, 47, set off from Evesham on Tuesday (September 22) to walk more than 100 miles to the capital.
And when he arrives, David will pull on his trainers once again for SHINE – Cancer Research UK’s night time marathon walk through the capital which will be held on Saturday night (September 26).
The event brings a unique glow to the capital as participants illuminate themselves with lights, flashing headbands and sparkling outfits to form a human road of light.
David’s trip is all the more remarkable because it comes just a year after he survived a motorbike accident which shattered two bones and left him with a metal plate in his arm.
The farther of two has another reason for wanting to raise awareness and funds for research as his partner Kathy Woodward’s son was born with a condition that predisposed him to skin cancer.
Kathy was told that Warwick, 10, was at high risk of developing the disease when he was born with a raised mole on his back more than two inches wide.
The mole was so large that he had to undergo two lots of surgery at the age of three to remove it.
David, who was first diagnosed himself in 1999, said: “We’re really grateful for all the research that takes place because our family has been affected by cancer twice.
“I had a flat mole in the middle of my back which I left for about a year until my mum told me to get it checked by the GP. A biopsy confirmed as skin cancer twelve days later but the surgery had removed the cancer, so no further treatment was needed.”
But a year later David noticed an itchy area in the same place and his worst fears were realised.
“It was worried but I had surgery to remove it and that was that,” said David.
“Eighteen months later, I spotted a swelling on my shoulder. I didn’t think it could possibly happen a third time but it was confirmed as another area of skin cancer so I had surgery to remove it.
“I do get a bit paranoid now but my attitude is that you’ve just got to carry on living and keep an eye on things. My partner takes photos of my back, and I take care to cover up in the sun,” he added.
Since it began in 2010, Shine Night Walk has raised £18million to help fund Cancer Research UK’s life saving work.
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