Bowel cancer survivor Dafydd to carry the Olympic torch

Dedicated supporter Dafydd Jones has been selected from hundreds of thousands of people to be an Olympic Torchbearer in this summer’s London Olympics.


Dafydd was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009, aged just 26. Not long after he was diagnosed, Dafydd contacted Beating Bowel Cancer for support and has campaigned to raise awareness and money for us ever since.


Dafydd has told his story in the media and on film, climbed two of Britain’s highest peaks, bungee jumped, compered a fashion show at a bowel cancer patient event, and has written to hundreds of celebrities and famous brands to secure items for numerous charity auctions on ebay – all to support Beating Bowel Cancer.


On Monday it was announced that Dafydd will join the Olympic Torch Relay on 23 July in the London Borough of Croydon, which is near to his home in Crystal Palace.


Dafydd said, “I’m really honoured and humbled to be carrying the torch near to my home in South East London, Beating Bowel Cancer is a great charity and being able to fly the flag for the charity as well as its amazing supporters means the world to me. I hope that by carrying the torch I will be able to raise a lot of awareness for the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and show that bowel cancer can be beaten.”


Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer said, “This is fantastic, well done Dafydd! Flying the flag for bowel cancer by carrying the Olympic torch. Dafydd is a tireless supporter of the charity and it is fantastic that his hard work is being recognised in this way.”

We will give you more information about Dafydd’s Oympic torch route as soon as it is available.

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