A FORMER barman has bravely embarked on a ‘bucket list’ fund-raising mission after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Greg Lamb is battling cancer of the oesophagus and doesn’t know how much longer he has to live.
But the defiant 35-year-old is determined not to let the disease destroy what time he has left and will instead devote his days to helping worthy causes.
Greg has set himself a list of challenges, which include:
l Tackling the Great North Run for the first time
l Taking part in a zipwire challenge from the Stadium of Light.
l Visiting every one of the 92 football clubs in England.
Greg, of Front Street, East Boldon, hopes his story will inspire others to seek medical help before it’s too late, after he was told an earlier visit to his doctor may have prevented his condition.
Greg was working in bars in Tenerife in 2012 when he fell ill. He was taken to hospital after collapsing and it was discovered he had a ruptured spleen. He returned home in May 2012, but unknown to him, he had been suffering from a condition called Barrett’s oesophagus which can lead to cancer if not detected and monitored early.
Sadly for Greg, he was diagnosed with cancer later that September.
He said: “I could either sit around feeling sorry for myself and waste what life I had left, or I could get on and do the things I never had the chance to do because I was too busy working.”