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Cancer patient with months to live hopes to scale Everest

08 February 2017 08:42

Ian Toothill says he will be the first person battling cancer to reach Mt. Everest's summit

Ian Toothill says he will be the first person battling cancer to reach Mt. Everest's summit

A terminal cancer patient is determined to fulfil his dream of climbing Mount Everest, despite having just months to live.

Ian Toothill, 47, from north west London has plans to conquer the world's highest summit in April, as he battles terminal bowel cancer.

The voyage is expected to cost around £29,000 and the personal trainer from Willesden Green has set up a GoFundMe page - with a target of £250,000 - to cover the costs of the expedition, with the remainder going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

His page raised more than £13,000 in just two days.

Against all odds

Mr Toothill says he wants to become the first cancer patient to scale Everest.

Having first been diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2015, medics advised that he had between four months and two years left of his life.

Having beaten the odds to be told he was in the clear, the cancer sadly returned.

Doctors have told Mr Toothill that he has just a few months to live after the disease returned.

Determined to not let the diagnosis stop him from achieving something exceptional, the mountaineer says he wants to "inspire anyone living with cancer to go and do that special thing they've always wanted to do".

"Of course, that thing might not be climbing a mountain," he wrote on his fundraising page. "It could be finishing that book you've always said you would write, learning a new skill, or taking that dream trip."

Anyone suffering from cancer can take out medical travel insurance when planning a trip abroad.

A lifelong dream

As a former member of the military, Mr Toothill says he has always had a "strong passion for adventure".

"I've previously climbed in the Himalayas for three months, and I've walked across Iceland, solo and unsupported," he continued.

"Climbing Mount Everest would be the pinnacle of my adventures, as it's been a dream since I was a child, and on my bucket list as an adult."

Anyone looking to donate can do so via Mr Toothill's Climbing Everest For Cancer fundraising page.