Sam gives cancer a knockout blow

Sam trained 12 times a week for eight weeks leading up to the event

Sam trained 12 times a week for eight weeks leading up to the event

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A Calderdale resident has taken part in a boxing event to celebrate being five years cancer free.

Sam McLean from Hebden Bridge was just 17 was he was diagnosed with, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. cancer of the lymphatic system, and underwent six months of chemotherapy and two months of radiotherapy.

Once an avid footballer, the 24 year old hasn’t played in six years because of problems with his knees due to the side effects of treatment, which has resulted in three operations.

As a way to raise money for the charities that helped him during his illness, such as Cancer Research UK, Sam took part in an Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) event in Barkisland.

Sam said: “I wanted to do something to give back and show my appreciation towards great charities like Cancer Research UK.

“I trained 12 times a week for the eight weeks at Calder Thai in Halifax and Hebden Bridge Boxing Club leading up to the fight and in doing so I lost two stone and got into the best shape of my life.

“I’m going to keep up the boxing and I feel like I have got the closure I needed from cancer and feel ready to take on the world.”

The event saw UWCB pass a fundraising total of £5 million.