Cancer survivor supports his girls as they join thousands to run race for life
A FAMILY who joined thousands this weekend in running Race for Life were hugged at the finish line by the man they feared may not live to see the day.
Emma, Izzy, India and Laura Walker ran the 5k race in Western Park on Sunday morning, for their father and partner Ryan Archer, who was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid just over a year ago.
Between them they hoped to raise over a £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Ryan (32), said: I'm just really proud of them. They have done really well.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
"Everyone is affected differently, but is has been really hard for us. Particularly my youngest daughter who is seven, because I have had radioactive treatment and there were times when she couldn't come near me, which was hard for her to understand."
Despite having a lump in his throat the size of a grapefruit, it took over a year for Ryan to be diagnosed, with one medic even telling him there was nothing wrong.
However, when a diagnosis was reached his treatment was swift and two operations and a course of radioactive iodine followed.
Next week Ryan, who lives in Blaby, hopes to get the all clear but until then he says he and his family are taking each day as it comes.
And he added: "I am just grateful to have a loving wife and family who forced me to go back to the doctor when I was ill. After all, you only have one life."
This year's Race For Life was twice postponed due to the soggy conditions in Western Park but this did not affect numbers, with more than 6,000 people taking part in the races throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Organisers expect the event to raise thousands for cancer research and urge everyone who took part to get their sponsorship money in as soon as possible.
On average one in three people taking part in the event forget to hand in their sponsorship money.
For more pictures
For more information, visit:http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org