Inspirational talk brings motivation from adversity

Former footballer Regan Walker spoke to Junior School pupils about how his life changed when he was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer.

Striker Regan had signed a professional contract with Bury following a stint at Manchester City and made several first team appearances when he started to feel pain in his right leg.

Following a series of scans, the 22-year-old was told he had Ewing’s Sarcoma and was facing a year of intense chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery to remove the tumour, femur, knee and surrounding muscle tissue.

Although Regan recovered, his injuries meant that his footballing dream was over so he had to completely re-evaluate his future.

He told pupils in assembly that, as football had always been his dream, he had not concentrated fully when he was at school but he encouraged them to embrace every opportunity that came their way.

Regan is currently doing his coaching badges and hopes to compete in a future Paralympics as a rower. He speaks to school children and young footballers about his journey and he is also actively involved with The Little Princess Trust, a charity of which Junior School Headmaster Tim Wheeler is Chair of Trustees.

Regan was part of a campaign to encourage young men who have undergone chemotherapy to consider wearing a wig in a bid to increase their confidence.

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