JUST over a year after her son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a Worcester mum is planning on completing a marathon on a cross trainer to raise money for the charity that helped them through a difficult year.
Tristan Hislam was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma cancer in January last year aged just 22.
He discovered the cancerous growth in his leg after eventually going to the doctors, having put it off for a while. But after a few hospital appointments Mr Hislam discovered he had the rare form of cancer and under had to undergo two operations.
Thankfully more than a year on Mr Hislam is recovered but his mum Sarah Hislam wants to do something for CLIC Sargent, a charity which worked with the family through the ordeal.
So on Saturday (May 24) the midwife, who works at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, will be doing a marathon distance of 26.2 miles on her cross trainer in the CrownGate Shopping Centre.
"I just wanted to say to people don't ignore lumps," said 49-year-old Mrs Hislam, who lives with her family in Waterworks Road, Barbourne. "Tristan had a lump after he hit his leg on a coffee table when he was 16. He used to say, oh yeh I still have that lump.
"It wasn't until last year, all those years later, when he started going to the gym it became painful."
When Mr Hislam went to the doctors they didn't recognise the lump but did refer him to a specialist. Ultimately it was removed and Mr Hislam, now aged 23, is recovered and is training in a motorbike mechanics course as well as working at a bakery in Worcester.
But Mrs Hislam said throughout the whole process CLIC Sargent were there.
"We were allocated a CLIC Sargent social worker," said Mrs Hislam. "She was just great and really supportive. I had never even heard of them until this started.
"It was a very difficult year. I was going to go the Brighton Marathon but I discovered I had this pain in my leg, so I am now going to do a marathon distance on the cross trainer.
"I am nervous. I am hoping to raise at least £500 so there will be collection buckets on the day, it will take about three hours starting from 11am."
To support Sarah Hislam visit CrownGate in Worcester next Saturday morning.