Cancer survivor to kayak across Bay for charity
- Credit: Macmillan Cancer Support
A Paignton dad of three is challenging himself to kayak from Brixham to Torquay for cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Scott Davis was inspired to pick up a paddle after the support he and his family received when he was given a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2018.
Scott will take on the eight-mile solo kayak from Brixham to Torquay along the coastal route on Saturday (May 29) aiming to raise £2,000 for Macmillan.
Scott was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in September 2018 and given 12-18 months to live after a scan showed an inoperable tumour around the arteries in his bowel.
However, after a combination of palliative chemotherapy at Torbay Hospital and a complete change of diet and lifestyle he defied his prognosis and is now living cancer free.
Scott said: “I feel like I’ve had a second chance at life.
"I want to make a difference and inspire others. So I’m setting myself challenges like this eight-mile kayak and then I’m going to a half marathon.
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"If I can go from stage four cancer to an eight-mile kayak, what else can I do?
“I was a builder for 16 years so it was all bacon butties and a few beers in the pub. So not a very good diet but following having cancer I’ve changed my lifestyle completely.
"Having cancer has brought my family and friends all closer and it has made me appreciate the people in my life.
"It’s been three years since my diagnosis, we thought Christmas 2018 would be my last Christmas, I’d only just had a baby daughter. I’ve been very, very lucky.
“We got yet more bad news when my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer around the same time, it was on the day my daughter was born on December 13, 2018.
"She had to go through treatment at the same time and, thankfully, she’s fine now.”
Both Scott and his mum Angela Davis were supported by the Macmillan team at The Lodge cancer support and information centre at Torbay Hospital.
“Over the last few years the support I’ve had from Macmillan and The Lodge team in Torbay has been amazing.
"We had help with finances, they organised things and told us what we were entitled to.
"They gave us books on how to tell the children, came around a few times to see how we were and gave us Macmillan booklets.
"My mum was always at The Lodge, too, going to the support groups. having reiki and massage. The support they provide is amazing.”
Genevieve Drinkwater, Macmillan fundraising manager, said “Huge thanks to Scott from all of us at Macmillan.
"We’re so grateful to him and full of admiration that he is taking on this challenge and pledging to raise so much for people living with cancer.
"It’s supporters like Scott who make it possible for us to continue to be there for so many people affected by cancer. We wish him all the luck in the world with his challenge.”
Cancer information and support, including the latest guidance on the impact of coronavirus on cancer care is available on www.macmillan.org.uk. For support and advice locally you can contact The Lodge at Torbay Hospital on 01803 656490.
You can support Scott and his kayak challenge at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Scott-Davis41