‘Day to remember’

CANCER survivor Stephen Trotter described the Miles for Men event as “a day I will remember forever”.

The former cage fighter completed the course in his wheelchair in just over an hour.

The 20-year-old, of Wordsworth Avenue, Hartlepool, was left paralysed after being diagnosed with cancer of the spine in June last year.

He said after the race: “It’s just been unbelievable.

“I just don’t know how to feel, I’m overwhelmed.

“This has been a long-time coming for me – a year ago I didn’t even think I would be sat here doing it today.
“The support from the people on the sides has been amazing.

“Miles for Men is a great way to help people.”

The Mail has previously reported how Stephen, who played rugby in Billingham before his diagnosis, is hopeful that with physiotherapy he could still walk one day.

The former Manor College of Technology and Stockton Riverside College student is now in remission and temporarily living in the neurological rehabilitation centre at the Hawthorns Care Home, in Peterlee, until a house in Hartlepool can be adapted for him.