Gareth's aiming for peak fitness in charity climbs
A CANCER patient has set himself the challenge of climbing five of the world's highest mountains -in recognition of each year since he was diagnosed.
Gareth O'Brien found out he had testicular cancer while studying at Plymouth University in 2009.
Having fought his way through two surgeries, radiotherapy and chemotherapy Gareth wants to conquer five mountains on three different continents.
During his 5-4-5 challenge he will trek to the summit of Machu Picchu in Peru, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in the UK.
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He plans to complete the climbs next year, five years after his original diagnosis, and has pledged to raise £10,000 for male cancer charity Orchid.
Gareth completed his degree in environmental science as well as a post graduate diploma in business management while undergoing treatment.
Gareth, who is assistant manager at Voodoo Lounge, said: "I'm about to take on the second biggest challenge of my life. I think I have beaten cancer, now it's time for a new challenge.
"I know I will have to be very fit so I am training three times a week in addition to planning fundraising events and working. I hope Plymouth can get behind me and inspire others to scale new heights."
Orchid is the only UK charity registered to fund research and awareness into all three male specific cancers - penile, testicular and prostate.
Gareth said he wanted to support their work, raise awareness and "help others crack on with their lives."
He said: "Customers, friends and family have been very generous but I still have a long way to go.
"Please help Orchid continue its important work within the local community."
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