DESPITE going through three years of hell, cancer survivor Andrew Pallister is fighting back.
Andrew, 51, of Pardshaw, plans to ride a bike 11,000 metres up a French Mountain for a cancer charity.
He has been diagnosed with cancer twice and his wife has had breast cancer, but Andrew will not give up.
The managing director of Hydro Ellay Enfield Limited in Workington was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in spring 2003.
He underwent treatment and life seemed to be getting back to normal until just before Christmas. He started having dizzy spells and tests revealed that the cancer had spread to his brain.
In three years, he had to have major brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
He had brain surgery on January 11 this year and was back at work by February 13.
In between his treatment, his wife Valerie, 50, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
He tries to live each day to the full and is determined to raise money for cancer research.
Now, less than five months after his operation, he is getting ready for a cycling challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
He had already planned, with five of his friends, to take part in the ‘Raid Pyreneen’ in France, a 450-mile ride with an 11,000-metre ascent in 100 hours.
He and the rest of the Eaglesfield Flyers aim to raise £10,000.
It will take place between June 22 and 26 and covers the length of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.