Norwich thrill-seeker takes to the sky to say thanks to The Big C cancer charity
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A thrill-seeker who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 23 will be taking a 13,000ft leap of faith to raise money for the charity which supported him through his treatment.
Paul Martin was diagnosed with testicular cancer in June last year - just 12 days after moving to Norwich and starting his new job as communications and marketing assistant with Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.
He said: 'It was a huge shock. When you're young, cancer isn't really something you think about as you feel indestructible. The diagnosis had a really big impact as it felt like I was hit with the news just as my life was really getting started.
'Throughout my treatment I concentrated on taking each day as it came, tried not to dwell on it and threw myself into my new job as much as I could.'
Following surgery and three cycles of chemotherapy at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, he was given the all clear in December.
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Now - after completing a bungee jump earlier this year - he is going one step further and will join 49 others on June 22 to leap from a plane above Beccles to raise money for Norfolk cancer charity, The Big C.
He said: 'I received some fantastic support from The Big C, which helped make dealing with my condition much more manageable.'
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Mr Martin is hoping to raise as much as he can through the tandem parachute jump, and is already over half way towards his target of £1,001.
He added: 'I want to make sure I live life to the full, and my next challenge will be to help a friend who received treatment for pancreatic cancer during the time I was ill to organise a 250 mile charity bike ride.'
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