Rock singer and cancer battler Mike Peters led 400 of his friends on a 12-mile walk through the Snowdonia countryside at the weekend to raise funds for cancer charities.
It was 11th time the Dyserth-born rocker had organised a walk to raise cash and awareness about the disease.
But Saturday’s walk was different in that it didn’t scale the heights of Snowdon but instead followed the Nant Ffrancon valley from Bethesda to Cwm Idwal, a peaceful lake in the shadow of some of Snowdonia’s highest peaks.
Accompanying Mike on the walk was his wife Jules and sons Dylan and Evan. Jules herself has been battling cancer for the past two years.
Taking a break at the head of the valley Mike said: “In the past we’ve headed up Snowdon but we decided to change the format this year for environmental reasons.
“Leading a large group of walkers up the mountain – last year there were close to a thousand – on the longest day of the year adds to the hundreds of other people on the mountain.
“And look at today’s weather, absolutely glorious sunshine. It’s as if the mountain is saying thank you for taking the strain off the mountain.”
He added the walk along the valley had been more intimate and he had been able to chat with more of the walkers.
“Many of them have been on their own personal journeys through cancer.
“They have come from all over to be here today. One of them was undergoing chemotherapy only yesterday but was determined to be part of the walk today,” he said.
Halfway along the valley the group had stopped for a break and Mike and his friends had sung a few songs. There had also been a moment of silence to think of those who were unable to be on this year’s walk.
The walk started and ended at Zip World in the Penrhyn Quarry where a large stage had been set up.
Mike added: “It was Jules’ idea to stage a concert with the magnificent quarry as a backdrop and its worked really well.
“Zip World have been magnificent and hopefully this could be the start of something that grows and grows,” he said.
Mike has battled cancer three times since 1995 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He was afflicted with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2005 but with treatment he kept the condition in remission until mid 2015.
His third battle with the disease has seen him prescribed new drugs which has meant he does not have to undergo three weekly chemotherapy sessions.
“It means I can do all the things I want to do. I’ve just returned from Europe and we have dates in the United States and in Britain and a new album coming out next week. Life is good and it’s all down to the NHS and I am very, very grateful,” he said.
Source : DailyPost