Dedicated doctor to run the London Marathon for the TOUR team

Dr Tom Young is taking on the mighty London Marathon to show thanks for the ‘invaluable’ support to the hospital that donations offer, which he sees in his role every day.

His own post as a research fellow at Guy’s and St Thomas’ was made possible thanks to a donation from a patient, so raising money to pay it forward seemed like the perfect thing to do.

Supporting cancer patients and research

Tom’s role in the Translational Oncology and Urology Research (TOUR) team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ began in August 2017. It was funded by a significant donation, which was made to help the team in their fight against bladder cancer.

Tom works in the busy urology and oncology clinics, which serve around 70-80 patients a day, with his main focus on bladder cancer. This patient-focused role helps feed into the research element of his job.

‘An ongoing part of the research is maintaining a database of the bladder patients,’ explains Tom. It involves keeping track of each patient and working out which trials they are eligible for.

‘We’re building a database that we can use for future projects. For instance, if we want to look at our rate of clots in patients on chemo, which is quite common, we have the list straight away.’

An inspirational team

Tom worked across a range of specialities at Guy’s and St Thomas’ before he started in TOUR. He is proud to work in such a supportive environment and now, in this latest role, within a team full of dedicated fundraisers.

‘It’s a humbling experience which demonstrates the amazing support the work done at Guy’s and St Thomas’ can give to patients in the most difficult of circumstances,’ he says.

‘I’m keen to give something back to an organisation which has given me personally so much in terms of training and career development in the relatively short time I have been here.

‘Everyone in the TOUR team is driven and very good at their job. We work very closely as a team. I’m very lucky to work in such a good hospital, with great facilities available.’

Tom says he’s getting tips from his colleague, Deborah Enting, a consultant oncologist who has done lots of fundraising for the department, including running the London Marathon in 2015. Many TOUR team members have also taken part in Guy’s Urban Challenge on more than one occasion. What amazing dedication!

Training and targets

Tom says his training regime can be tough, but rewarding.

‘I started training properly in January. Now, I actually enjoy it while I’m running – and the buzz I get after finishing. I ran 14 miles last weekend – you get a great endorphins rush afterwards.

‘I want to finish under four hours – anything under that I’ll be happy with. But I’m aiming for about 3 hours 45 minutes at the moment.’

Though fitting such lengthy training runs around work can prove to be tricky, Tom’s passion for the cause shines through.

‘From my work, I know that donations are invaluable to the work the Trust does and is, therefore, something I am hugely enthusiastic about providing my own support to. I’m honoured to join the team, to raise money towards the ongoing brilliant care that TOUR provides to our patients.’

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