Sara Hymas: Getting On Her Bike to Beat Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Sara Hymas witnesses first-hand every day the devastation lung cancer can bring. Knowing all too well the impact the disease has, she has amazingly completed two over-seas challenges for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and is about to set off on a third.

Sara works at Guys and St.Thomas' Hospital in London. Her drive to become a lung cancer nurse came after she lost her grandfather, father and mother in law to the disease. Having had no support on offer at the time, she wanted to be able to provide patients and carers help in what is the worst time of their lives.

It’s working with people that Sara loves. “It is hard not to be affected by the stories of some of the patients, and is not easy at all. However, you meet inspirational people on a daily basis, and it’s great to know that you have made a difference.”

After turning 40, Sara decided to fulfil a life-long ambition and visit Iceland. She signed up for the Icelandic Lava Trek in 2014 to raise funds for lung cancer research and increase awareness. “The experience was amazing, a once in a lifetime experience. The views and scenery were fantastic and I was so pleased to raise £5,000.”

She’s got the bug!

This challenge whet Sara’s appetite and the following year she took on our Cycle Cuba challenge.

“I fancied somewhere warmer and the knees couldn’t withstand another trek so started to cycle. Cuba was awesome, the history of the country, the people, it was just brilliant. The cycling was challenging at times with some rather steep hill climbs, but I got to meet some inspirational people on the trip and I managed to add another £4,000 to my fundraising total.”

After a year away from her exertions, Sara is now about to take on her third challenge, this time cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia.

“I’m looking forward to the sights and sounds of Vietnam and Cambodia, the flat terrain, time away from work, and meeting another bunch of crazy people!”

So what drives Sara to keep on doing these challenges?

“I want to raise funds for the charity, raising awareness of lung cancer and increase the profile of the charity. But mostly I want to give something back to the patients when they need it most.”

If you’ve been inspired by Sara to complete an oversees challenge, you can visit our website for events at www.roycastle.org/events or email sport@roycastle.org

 For more details on Sara’s adventures, you can visit her web page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sara-hymas5?utm_id=124

 

  1. I have been a lung cancer nurse for over 6 years now, having had my grandfather and father, and mother in law pass away from the disease, having had no support I wanted to be able to provide the patients and carer with some at what is the worst time of their lives
  2. It is hard not to be affected by the stories of some of the patients, and is not easy at all, however you meet inspirational people on a daily basis, and it’s great to know that you have made a difference
  3. I turned 40 and Iceland is on the bucket list
  4. Trek was amazing, once in a lifetime experience, fantastic views and scenery
  5. Fancied somewhere warmer and the knees couldn’t withstand another trek so started to cycle, Cuba was awesome, the history of the country, the people, the cycling was challenging at times with some rather steep hill climbs, met some inspirational people on the trip
  6. I’m looking forward to the sights and sounds of Vietnam and Cambodia, the flat terrain, time away from work, and meeting another bunch of crazy people
  7. Raising funds for the charity, raising awareness of the disease and to raise the charity profile, and giving something back to the patients when they need it most 
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