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Survivor creates 'anti-bucket list'

06 January 2014 09:19

Greig Trout sailing on a boat in Columbia (Greig Trout/Cancer Research UK/PA)

Greig Trout sailing on a boat in Columbia (Greig Trout/Cancer Research UK/PA)

A cancer survivor has compiled a list of dream destinations to visit after beating the disease.

Police officer Greig Trout, 34, created his alternative "bucket list" after being given the all-clear for a second time.

He wants to travel the world and has dreamed up a list of "101 things to do when you survive" in the hope that his list will inspire others to beat the disease.

Mr Trout, originally from Dumfries in Scotland, is one of the survivors behind Cancer Research UK's Every Moment Counts campaign.

So far, he has spent time working with a remote community in Nicaragua, climbed a volcano in Costa Rica and watched nature on the Galapagos Islands. He is currently in Ecuador.

Those who want to follow his example can rest assured that cancer travel insurance is available, whether they are a survivor or currently undergoing treatment.

Mr Trout was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven and underwent surgery to have one of his kidneys removed.

The former crime scene investigator said he dreamed up the idea for his anti-bucket list when he was in a hospital waiting room.

He said: "As I watched people come and go, I knew some of them were not going to get good news. I thought how wonderful it would be if they could come on my trip with me and the idea of '101 things to do when you survive' was born.

"Most books and travel journals concentrate on bucket lists and 'things to do before you die'. I thought it was about time to inspire others to show them what is waiting for them when they survive.

"When I got my two-year 'all clear', I decided the time was right to follow my dreams and travel the world with the aim of inspiring others affected by cancer."

Mr Trout has set up a website for his challenge,, with 50 ideas already on the list and another 51 spaces free for other suggestions.

He said: "I knew I wanted to create a website showing a double cancer survivor, who has one kidney, a missing piece of bowel and deep vein thrombosis, living a full and happy life."

Copyright Press Association 2014