In an inspiring tale of resilience and determination, Euan Hamilton is embarking on a mission to raise awareness of testicular cancer, particularly in young men between the ages of 20 and 35, and funds for a charity close to his heart, Cahonas.
In March this year, at age just 24, Euan was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After an operation and gruelling rounds of chemo which only finished in June, Euan’s been given the all-clear and is gearing up to participate in the AJ Bell Great Scottish Half Marathon in Glasgow.
Euan found tremendous support through Cahonas. The charity is dedicated to raising awareness about testicular cancer, the benefits of education and self checks in men – no matter their age! During Euan’s treatment simple things like receiving their “You’ve got this – cancer care package” which included pick me ups like chocolate, socks and a toothbrush all chosen to ease the discomfort of chemo, to support from volunteers who work at the charity who have also gone through testicular cancer, helped his spirits.
(Photo credits: George McMilan)
Despite the challenges, Euan’s fundraising tenacity and commitment have shone through. During chemo, Euan participated in the “A dash of pink” event, organised by Ayr Rugby Club where he is also a 1st XV player and Ayr United. Dressing as Barbie and Ken, Euan and his friend rode a tandem bike from one side of Ayr town to the other in 45 minutes in what turned out to be a real community event.
With the help of Rugby training twice a week and his cardio coach, Euan says “I just want to finish the run on the day, that’s enough for me”. He also goes on to say “remember guys to #checkyourballs”.
The AJ Bell Great Scottish Run is an incredible weekend of running that includes a 10k & half marathon on Sunday and Junior & Mini event on Saturday.