Triathlon challenge after cancer
A STREET woman is marking beating cancer into remission by competing in a triathlon to help the charity that supported her through her treatment.
Helen Whitcombe will participate in the 20th Langport Triathlon on September 22 to raise money for Taunton based charity, Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (Sure).
She was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2011, after suffering from what she thought was a sore throat.
At the time, Musgrove hospital did not have the equipment to treat Ms Whitcombe's cancer without damaging large amounts of healthy tissue that surrounded her tumour.
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She was then required to drive every weekday to Bristol Oncology Centre for chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Ms Whitcombe said: "While the level of care and treatment I received at Bristol was excellent, the daily travel and treatment left me totally exhausted.
"At the end of the treatment in February 2012 I was admitted to Musgrove and spent ten days in isolation as I had a white blood cell count of less than one and had no immunity to germs or bacteria."
Founded in 2000, Sure was set up to end the need for cancer patients having to travel to Bristol to get cancer treatment.
Ms Whitcombe said: "By supporting and fundraising for Sure it means that not only can I help towards the costs of purchasing and maintaining radiotherapy equipment, it also means fewer patients will have to travel to Bristol for treatment and therefore waiting times in Bristol will be kept to a minimum."
The triathlon consists of three consecutive sporting events; a 400m swim, 22.5Km cycle and five km run, and Ms Whitcombe said her training mostly involves "running, swimming and biking around the place like a mad thing".
To sponsor her, visit her fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/helenwhitcombe1.