Chester cancer victim takes on endurance challenge


Natalie Barnett

A FORMER bar worker is preparing to take part in one of the region’s most gruelling events after winning a seven-year battle with cancer.

Since the age of 16 inspirational Jack Liffen endured countless rounds of chemotherapy and other intensive treatment to tackle a cancerous lump on his neck.

Now aged 23, the former Queen’s Park High School pupil, has finally been given the all clear and is now planning to compete in the Tough Mudder endurance test being held near Malpas, to raise cash for a cancer charity.

Jack has relived the moment he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and said that for years afterwards his world was turned upside down.

But last month medics gave Jack the all clear, news he had been praying for and now he is determined to use his new lease of life to help others suffering the same plight.

Jack underwent months of gruelling chemotherapy and treatment to shrink the lump in his neck and said he often feared the worst but added the love and support of his family helped him through the traumatic time.

Jack, of Circular Drive, Lache, was busy studying for his GCSE’s when he was diagnosed with the form of cancer and, despite being seriously ill, he still managed to sit and pass his exams and also went to study A levels.

Jack said: “I remember being absolutely crushed when I was given the diagnosis. it was so surreal and yet so frightening at the same time.

“It did not feel real. I remember at the time meeting this girl who had been in the same position as me and she was reassuring me telling me that everything was going to be ok.

“I did not think that at the time, but her words were very kind and I came to realise that everything was going to be ok. That and the love of my family is what got me through, now it is my time to give something back.

“I am asking people to support me and help me raise vital funds for a worthwhile cause.”

Jack, a former bar manager at Cruise in St John Street, Chester, said during the course of his many treatments, bloodtests and hospital visits, he did everything he could to lead as full a life as possible and continues to do so today, playing American Football for the Chester Romans in Westminster Park.

He is now training hard ahead of his Tough Mudder North West event on November 17, during which he aims to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

Meanwhile Jack’s parents Patrick and Amanda, as well as Jack’s close friends Jim, Harsha, and Shaunesh Thacker will also turn out in support. To support Jack go to romans@73. For more information about Jack’s fundraising challenge visit events/north-west/

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