274,000 Meters with Terminal Stomach Cancer

August 15, 2017 by
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That’s not a headline you often read. Seventy-year-old Eddie Holder of CrossFit Teesside was recently diagnosed with terminal stage four stomach cancer. But instead of going quietly, he’s decided to row 274K meters to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and he’s still training while undergoing chemo treatment.


Yep, sure is. The grandfather and former naval engineer credits CrossFit for getting him this far. “I genuinely think that if I hadn’t been going to CrossFit I might not have lasted as long as I have,” he told a UK newspaper. “My doctor tells me how surprised he is with how I’ve reacted to chemo…and I’m told that’s because I’m fitter than the average 70-year-old.”


His wife, who fought off vulval cancer four-years-ago, was told just a couple of weeks ago it has returned. In the kind of conversation only two people who truly love one another could have, she jokingly told him, “you had to go one better than me and have an incurable one.” But Eddie says he plans to be the exception, and here’s how you can support his fundraising campaign.

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