Keith’s Runners sprint towards £1,800 target

IN THE PINK ... Keith's Runners at the Race for Life in Gateshead.
IN THE PINK ... Keith's Runners at the Race for Life in Gateshead.

CHARITY champions are on target to raise £1,800 after getting into the running for a South Tyneside man fighting a killer disease.

Keith Rodgers inspired 19 runners to take part in the Race for Life fundraiser at the weekend.

Mr Rodgers, 69, of Victoria Road East, Hebburn, who worked with asbestos in local shipyards, has been diagnosed with the incurable industrial condition mesothelioma.

Calling themselves Keith’s Runners, 19 charity joggers raised money for Cancer Research UK in the Race for Life at Saltwell Park, Gateshead.

Mr Rodgers’ wife, Denese, 58, said: “It was a great event and Keith and all the family were there.

“It was a 5K run, but I felt OK and everyone had a great time doing the event.

“When all the money is in, I should think we will raise about £1,800.

“And we plan to make the Race for Life an annual event.”

Former shipwright Mr Rodgers first realised something was wrong when he experienced breathlessness during a holiday to the Greek islands last year.

He later had an operation to have fluid removed from his right lung and underwent six weeks of chemotherapy.

Doctors have told Mr Rodgers the disease, caused by exposure to asbestos fibres, is currently “dormant” in his right lung.

Before his illness, Mr Rodgers and his wife completed five Great North Runs.

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