I am a lucky man

Robert Ward on bike

Retired builder Robert Ward was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2010. Following a range of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and even a bone marrow transplant, he thought he was in the clear. But unfortunately the cancer returned – and Robert’s treatment options were now limited. His consultant suggested that he take part in a clinical trial, based at Hope Against Cancer’s Clinical Trials Facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Robert explained: “As soon as I started taking part, I could feel the difference the drug was making. The cancer started reducing as soon as I started the clinical trial.”

Hope Against Cancer opened the Clinical Trials Facility in 2012 to offer patients in the Leicestershire area access to new medicines and therapies. The Facility is a partnership between the University of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester and Hope Against Cancer. It fosters a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, valued by patients and their families alike.

“I think it’s a fantastic place – there’s always a good atmosphere and the staff are brilliant,” said Robert. “I think it’s wonderful.”

Robert has now been in remission for 14 months, and is going from strength to strength. From being so weak that he could hardly walk, in June 2015, he took part in the 54 mile London to Brighton bike ride to raise funds for Hope. So far he has raised over £2,000 for our Charity.

He adds: “I feel as fit as I have been for years – the bike ride was my way of saying “thank you” to everyone at Hope. I am a lucky man.”