A patient care assistant at a Cambridgeshire animal hospital, who has cystic fibrosis, completed a marathon charity walk in memory of his mum who died from cancer.
Ryan Densley, a team member at Linnaeus-owned DWR Veterinary Specialists in Six Mile Bottom, completed the South Coast Mighty Hike, which is a full-length marathon of 26.2 miles, in just over nine hours.
It is the second Macmillan Cancer Support marathon he has completed, the first being in Suffolk last year.
Ryan said: “It was the hardest challenge of my life so far, with so many hills and in 30-degree heat.
“It was also a real struggle as I have cystic fibrosis, but I managed to somehow complete the walk in 9 hours and 10 mins.
“I’m truly so proud of myself for making it all way to the finish and doing it in honour of my mum, who I lost 12 years ago.”
Ryan decided the South Downs was a fitting choice to pay tribute to his mum as she was born in the south coast city of Brighton.
Ryan added: “Brighton is a place I love to be. It was my mum’s hometown and also where I scattered her ashes in 2016.
“This walk really felt like my mum, Susan, was walking right next to me and helped get me to the finish line.”
Those wishing to support Ryan can still do so by visiting his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ryan-densley
DWR Veterinary Specialists offers specialist-led care in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic pathology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, and soft tissue surgery.
For more information on DWR Veterinary Specialists, visit www.dickwhitereferrals.com or search for DWR Veterinary Specialists on social media.
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