A brave father-of-two who is suffering from an incurable cancer will be helping to save others next month.
Stephen Welch, 61, will take part in the Great Manchester Run in aid of Cancer Research.
“I’m hoping who gets it in the future may have a better chance than me,” said Stephen, of Parr Lane, Eccleton, who will be joined on the run by his son Alex, 31.
In 2007, Stephen was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which spread into his bladder.
After treatment he was put on remission until 2017. However, in 2012, he was diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma – bone cancer – and given six to 12 months to live.
“I’m just unlucky to have two cancers at the same time,” said Stephen. “They’re unrelated, you don’t catch one from the other.”
Stephen, who had skin cancer 20 years ago, underwent a stell cell transplant at The Christie hospital in Manchester.
“They’re wonderful in these hospitals, especially The Christie. “I raise money for them as well.”
Stephen, who is married to Moyra, has two sons Alex, 31 and Andrew 23. Alex gets married on July 4 when Andrew will be best man. “I want to see grandchildren – I’m going to have to hang on for longer,” said Stephen, who ran Wellfit Windows with his brother-in-law Peter for 27 years.
The Great Manchester Run takes place on May 18. To support Stephen, visit the Just Giving website and search for either Stephen or Alex Welch.