Brave Kenny’s golf challenge

Kenny Marland (left) and Richard Jamieson, who are planning a golf marathon at Willow Valley Golf Club, Clifton, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Kenny Marland (left) and Richard Jamieson, who are planning a golf marathon at Willow Valley Golf Club, Clifton, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Inspirational Kenny Marland - who has beaten cancer twice by the age of 25 - has set himself a mammoth golf challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Kenny Marland, of Moor End, Halifax, battled bowel cancer aged just 23, undergoing gruelling surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Just over a year later, in May this year, he was dealt a bitter blow when doctors found a secondary cancer on his liver.

Now - just two months after surgery on his liver - the dad-of-two has already thrown himself into fund-raising after being given the all clear by doctors.

Kenny, his friend Richard Jamieson, 26, and brother-in-law Peter Girhault, 33, will do Macmillan’s Longest Golf Day Challenge - four rounds of golf in one day - at Willow Valley Golf Club in Clifton on July 27.

He said: “It will be knackering. I’m a lot more tired. But I refuse to give cancer any more of my time. I just want to get on with my life.”

Kenny was well below the average age for bowel cancer - which in the UK is 70 - when he was diagnosed on Friday May 13 2011, after passing blood and plummeting in weight by two stone.

Surgeons operated for eight-and-a-half hours to remove the tumour before he was treated with nine rounds of chemotherapy and 25 bouts of radiotherapy - travelling to and from Leeds on the train every day for five weeks, shattered.

Doctors had hoped to give Kenny the all-clear but then a CT scan showed cancer on his liver.

Kenny said: “That was probably the hardest bit for me.

“I was angry because you think you’ve been through enough. But then almost instantly, I got myself out of that. You don’t have time to get angry. You have to go fighting again. There’s no point moaning about it.

“Mentally it tries to destroy you. You have to block it out and see it as an object that has to be annihilated.”

Kenny was immediately booked in for surgery and now doctors have said it has all gone.

He said: “That was awesome.

“What I’ve been through gives you perspective. When people whinge about the weather you just want to go ‘shut up, at least you’re here to see it’.

“You get the realisation that tomorrow may not actually come. There’s no guarantee.”

He said he received incredible support and help from hospital staff, Macmillan and Teenage Cancer Trust through his treatment - which is why he wants to do the golf challenge, and to help others through their cancer journeys.

Through sponsorship and various events, the trio have raised £800 towards their £1,000 target.

To support Kenny, vist www.justgiving.com/kennymarland or text JMBE73 £(the figure you wish to donate) to 70070.