"Recently I heard about an extremely sad story and I just
had to lend my support.
Wayne Bowden is married with 3 lovely children. One day he
went to the doctors because he had a bad back. After
numerous tests and scans it was later diagnosed that the
root of his condition was in fact Testicular Cancer. And it
was spreading fast and very aggressively. The pain he was
feeling in his back was a sign of this.
Despite being known as a relatively 'treatable' cancer,
Wayne has not responded well at all to treatment. To the
point where his family is facing the reality that this
condition will be the end of him. Bearing in mind his
oldest child is 7 and his youngest is still in nappies.
Wayne searched for a way to make sense of this. And a way
to continue fighting so he could give strength to his
family and create some form of a legacy so he could be
remembered. So he started writing his bucket list. One of
the things on the list was to walk Hadrian's Wall.
Now make no mistake about it, Wayne is not of the condition
to walk Hadrian's Wall and may not be able to get out of
his wheelchair by April/ May 2012 when this event is due to
take place. However, he is surging forwards with this
vision and is determined to find a way. And I have pledged
my support and the resources that I have within
Team Warrior to assist.
This event is not just for him but also for his family. In
fact I spoke with his wife Rowena and she hopes this can be
developed into an annual event to provide a legacy to his
young children so they can remember him as a man of courage
who always strove forwards to the end. This challenge is
giving him hope and keeping him strong.
Now when I heard about Wayne and Rowena this challenge was
just words on a piece of paper. They live in a small
village in Cumbria and they are not big networkers or aware
of the community available across the country. In fact,
they wrote this challenge down with zero idea about how
they could possibly pull it off. However, by using Social
Media and sharing their story they are keen to get more
help and are asking everyone to get behind them.
Rowena has set up a Facebook page where she is sharing
her early ramblings and will be looking to develop a
website so she can keep everyone updated along the journey.
Please like their page on Facebook:
And Wayne and Rowena would really appreciate your support.
Can you help them share their story? Can you assist with
their Social Media? Help them develop a website? Get them
PR? Even help them plan and run a walking event? In fact,
can you do anything that would help ensure the success of
Even if all you do is follow their journey online and share
it with your network it will make a huge difference to a
close knit family that don't have a vast network.
Please take the time to share their story and maybe even
consider taking part in the walk yourself.
Thank you for reading
I dont know how I am going to help yet, but it's a start that I have shared it with you all, like Dean of Team Warriors has. Please pass on this story and see what you can do to support Wayne and Rowena.