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Steve Pointon is running the Manchester Half Marathon for Kidney Cancer Support Network and The Christie Charity.

Steve was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016, which returned a couple of years later. He is currently in long-term remission.

On his second diagnosis he was referred to the Christie Hospital in Manchester and was suitable for interleukin-2 (IL-2) treatment, an intense form of immunotherapy. IL-2 is funded by The Christie Charity, and thankfully it worked. Steve will be forever grateful to the Christie Hospital for the treatment and care he received.

When he was diagnosed for the second time, he found KCSN. The support he received, mostly via the closed Facebook page, was nothing short of phenomenal. When diagnosed with cancer you often forget a lot of what the medical professionals tell you, and whilst they are the ones in the know medically, they do not know what it is like to be in that situation personally. The help Steve received from other patients will never be forgotten.

Steve is now an administrator on the closed Facebook group and has joined the charity as Community Development Officer.

Last year, Steve carried out a 40-day exercise challenge leading up to his 40th birthday, and it was a huge success. This year he is going one further and running further than he has ever run before.

All funds raised will be donated 50% to The Christie Charity and 50% to KCSN.