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Ramon beats cancer to run seven marathons


Ramon Whelan

Ramon Whelan

Ramon Whelan

THIS Dubliner has been on a rollercoaster adventure, from beating cancer to running seven marathons.

Ramon Whelan (43) said the cancer diagnosis came out of the blue.

"I was working as a carpenter until I was diagnosed. I was in work one Friday and a lump came up on my neck," he said.

"The lads were slagging me and telling me I was growing another head. I didn't think anything of it."

When the lump remained over the weekend, he began to get anxious and sought medical advice.

Ramon, who lives in Firhouse, was referred to the oncology department at Tallaght.

Following scans and blood tests, on April 14, 2006 he received the diagnosis that he had testicular cancer at the age of 35.

"It had spread up through the stomach, up on the neck and was heading for my brain," he said.

Surgery followed to remove the testicle, and then he began chemotherapy.

But following more tests, they discovered cancer signs in the glands in his stomach which were then removed. Ramon, who is now working in the insurance business, first began running with his wife, Denise, who has been a "100pc support" to him.

The super-fit Dub started off by running 5km, then upped it to 10km and then took on the challenge of marathons.

The upcoming Dublin Marathon on October 27 will be his seventh event for the Irish Cancer Society. The charity is now appealing for more people to join in fundraising at the event.