Never Give Up is an apt name for any race but when that race was borne out of cancer survival, it is even more meaningful. In 2015, Chris Proby was diagnosed with cancer just months after running the Manchester Marathon. Having gone through some of the most challenging years of his life, he has crossed that cancer-recovery finish line, ready to start again. The Never Give Up 5k/10k road race is a charity event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, which takes place on Sunday, July 28, in Inch, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
“In August 2015, just a few months after running the Manchester Marathon, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer at the age of just 32,” says Chris.
“It was aggressive and I was in a bad way, but, thankfully, due to a heavy chemotherapy and radiation treatment schedule, I got the all-clear in 2016. “Unfortunately, nine months later, I relapsed. After further chemotherapy, full-body radiation, and a bone-marrow transplant, I eventually got the all-clear again in June 2017. Needless to say, it was an incredibly difficult and scary experience. “Running was a huge motivator to help me through the treatment, it helped to keep me focused and determined to win the battle – twice. While I was in hospital, I promised myself that once I beat cancer, I would combine my love for running and my difficult cancer experience to create something positive, which is why I have organised this event. “So, please come and join me in my home village for a great morning out, on a beautiful scenic route where I first started running, for a very great cause.”