Cancer consultant riding for fundraising success

A SURGEON at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is taking part in a six day bike ride in the searing heat of the Italian Dolomites mountains to raise money for his patients.

Mark Katory is a specialist in colo rectal cancers and the team of three specialists at the QE see about 200 new patients every year just from the Gateshead area.

Now he is planning to raise as much money as possible from the ride to help all cancer patients at the QE.

He explained: “The statistics nationally for anyone getting a cancer is one in three people. I see on a daily basis both the devastating impact it can have on families and the extraordinary work being undertaken by the NHS to work with some of the major cancer charities to improve the care on offer to our patients. The five year survival rate for colo rectal cancer is 50% nationally.”

“What I am hoping to do is to raise around £5,000 to improve the facilities and the experience we can offer to our patients here at the QE in Gateshead. I’d like to purchase some new equipment for our theatres which will help the surgeons removing a variety of cancers from our patients. We also have a very good endoscopy department at the QE but I know they need some new equipment too. But I also want to work with both my consultant and nursing colleagues at the QE to see what else we can do to really make a difference to our patients.”

Mark admitted that the six day bike ride covering 600km and climbing to more than 54,000 feet high is going to be a challenge.

“The cycle ride sounds like a killer but I am motivated to do it because it is such a good cause and one I truly believe in. The only thing that is preventing me from not going is because I have agreed to do it for our hospital charity and that the money raised will really make a difference to help people. That is also what will stop me from giving up once I am out there.”

To sponsor Mark and the team you can visit www.justgiving/mark-katory and for updates on progress look out on Twitter (@QEfunds) or Facebook (QE Gateshead Charitable Funds) and look for #raiddolomites.