Sporting veterans embark on 500-mile hike to raise money for Northern Oesopahgo-Gastric Unit

Twenty years ago, John Caine was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

But thanks to surgery - and the care of the team at the Northern Oesophago-Gastric Unit on Ward 36 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary – his treatment was a success.


Now to mark the 20th anniversary of his treatment – and in a bid to raise £50,000 for the Unit - John will be hiking 500-miles across Northern Spain with Olympic long distance medalists; Brendan Foster and Ian Stewart, as well as Rugby player Eric Wilkins.

John’s friend, Andrew Weaver, will also join the team for part of the journey to show support for another friend who was also a patient on ward 36.

The 500-mile hike will begin on 11 September across the Camino de Santiago with the team hoping to complete their expedition by 14 October.

All funds raised will go to the Northern Oesopaho Gastric Cancer Fund to aid the ongoing research into the causes and treatment of oesophageal and gastric cancers.

John came up with the idea of the hike to raise money and pulled together the team of five, which consists of Olympic athletes and sportsmen.

“If it hadn’t been for the skills and care of the surgeons and nursing staff in 1999, I wouldn’t be here today and I would never have met my six wonderful grandchildren,” said John.

“There will be no slacking with those guys around. We're all very motivated!”

The team will be posting daily updates on their adventure via John’s Virgin Money Giving page. To keep up to date on the teams progress or to help John reach his target visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnCaine2


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