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Inspirational Ian conquers Everest

8 June 2017

The Sheffield United flag is flying on top of the world after a 47-year-old cancer patient who has just months to live conquered Mount Everest.

Ian Toothill, originally from Sheffield but now of Willesden Green in north west London, became the first person with cancer to conquer Everest when he reached the summit on Monday - and despite his lifelong support of Sheffield Wednesday, planted a Blades flag at the top.

After setting himself a target of raising £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a close friend donated £1,000 to Ian's fund - providing he took up the challenge of planting the red and white flag at the summit of Everest.

Ian was initially diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2015, and was given between four months and two years to live. However, having then been told he had beaten the disease, Ian was informed the cancer had returned and was given just months to live.

Earlier this year, Sheffield United's owners, director and vice presidents pledged a significant amount of money towards Ian's fund, as well as merchandise and a signed shirt for Ian to use during his expedition.

In February, Ian said he was "determined to prove that anything is possible".

And on Monday, he tweeted: "Nothing to see here, just some cancer dude Sheffield Wednesday fan on the summit of Everest with a @SUFC_tweets flag."

Ian added: "I'm not sure a lot of people gave me a chance, but I did it.

"And the flag got there! Which is a miracle as I lost just about everything when my tent was destroyed by winds/games at camp. I got out with my oxygen, a sleeping bag and the flag. It was meant to be!"

Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: "Ian's story is truly remarkable. It's hard to put into context the incredible feat he's achieved - everyone here at United, across Sheffield and all over the world, are utterly inspired.

"The courage he has shown to even suggest such a challenge, let alone pull it off, is outstanding, and I'd like to express our congratulations to Ian on completing his challenge, against all the odds.

"We look forward to welcoming Ian back to Bramall Lane soon, to give our supporters the opportunity to acknowledge his achievement."

To read Ian's story and donate to his cause visit

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