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Lewis

Lewis with Pudsey

I have always been a keen footballer, so having my leg amputated was devastating for me. Going on the sailing trip really helped me to re-build my confidence and self-esteem and I’m excited to take on my next challenge – The Rickshaw Challenge! – and prove to myself just what I can achieve!

Lewis is 18 and from Coventry. In July 2017, Lewis was diagnosed with bone cancer and after unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments he was advised by doctors that he would need to have his leg amputated above the knee. Lewis was a promising footballer, with hopes for a football career ahead so this was devastating news for him. Lewis had his leg amputated in November 2017 and spent months in recovery, but he is now in remission and using a prosthetic leg. He’s playing football once again and riding a bike to train for the Rickshaw Challenge. Shortly after the operation, Lewis was introduced to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust who, with the help of a BBC Children in Need grant, run sailing trips for young people who have been treated for cancer. The sailing trips help to develop the young people’s confidence and self-esteem and gives them the opportunity to meet new friends who have had similar experiences. This can be pivotal in a young person beginning to move forwards in their lives.

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