Dundee tattooist with inoperable cancer to ‘celebrate’ 50th chemo session by walking 96 miles

Steve Barnes at home

A Dundee tattoo artist battling inoperable cancer is set to “celebrate” his 50th chemotherapy session by taking on a gruelling 96-mile charity walk.

Steve Barnes, 40, has battled various forms of cancer — affecting his lungs, liver, bowel and lymph nodes ­— for more than a decade.

He was given the all-clear on two occasions but was told two years ago that his latest illness was “inoperable”.

However, regular chemotherapy sessions have managed to stop it spreading.

Now, to mark a half-century of sessions — and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which has supported him throughout his battle — Steve is set to take on the West Highland Way.

He said: “We estimate that it is going to take 30 to 35 hours.

“It will be a good way to celebrate my half-century of chemo and show what can be done.

“Macmillan has helped me out twice during my treatment when I needed it most. I’m hoping to raise enough money to help out more people in my situation.”

Steve has had one of his lungs and part of his liver and bowel removed due to the illness, which he admits makes the effort a major challenge.

He added: “My legs still work fine and as long as I can still walk I can repay some of the help I have had.”

Steve said his body’s positive response had allowed him to travel around the country, enjoying the outdoors.

He added: “I’ve been taking photos everywhere I go, becoming a memory hoarder and trying to get in as much as I can in a short time. I am trying to leave behind a whole lifetime of memories for my friends and family.”

The West Highland Way is one of Scotland’s most famous walks — across the ancient path from Rowardennan to Tyndrum via Inverarnan.

People who want to contribute to Steve’s effort can visit justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-barnes10.

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