A man celebrating 20 years cancer free will be returning to visit the surgeon who first diagnosed his illness before setting off on a mammoth cycle ride.
Ian Buchanan, now aged 62 and living in Cheshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 40.
He is planning the cycle ride between June 15 and July 3, but called in at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Wednesday during one of his training rides, to meet consultant surgeon Mr Wyn Morgan.
Ian, who lived in Kendal at the time, said: “Mr Morgan operated on me in September 1992 and then a routine scan in early 1994 resulted in a diagnosis of secondary liver cancer.
“The nature of the diagnosis led Mr Morgan to refer me to Professor James Garden, a liver specialist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he operated on me in March 1994, since when, to date, I have been clear of symptoms.
“The twentieth anniversary of my second operation seemed like a very good reason to do something significant, in particular relating to bowel cancer, both to raise awareness and to raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer.
“The route from Land’s End to John O’Groats will be slightly longer than the standard route, as I will be going via Edinburgh to see Professor Garden.”
Mr Morgan said: “It will be a pleasure to meet up with Mr Buchanan again after all these years and I’m delighted that he has now been cancer free for the past 20 years.
“I wish him every success with his ride and urge people to support the fantastic cause.”