Southern View: May 28, 2019

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Cyclist rides through cancer

Wins gold

10 months

after surgery

DENNIS PARKER hasn’t let

cancer get in the way of winning

gold medals.

The St Martins resident took

out the 65-69 category at the

New Zealand age group M7 road

cycling national championships.

Less than a year earlier in June,

he had surgery to remove several

tumours after his hairdresser

noticed a lump on his neck.

“This is a result that for most

of last year I would not have

thought possible,” he said.

Tests revealed he had cancer

in his tonsils with an additional

tumour in his neck.

Only a week prior to his

diagnosis, Mr Parker won his age

category in Le Race.

After his operation he couldn’t

eat, drink, speak or swallow,

but he worked on re-building

his health and fitness by doing

45min walks every second day.

After six weeks he was back on

the bike training.

Mr Parker said it’s been a

challenging time, both physically

and emotionally, dealing with

cancer and the post-operative

recovery process.

CHAMPION: Dennis Parker won the 65-69 category at the New Zealand age group M7

road cycling national championships just 10 months after he had surgery to remove several

tumours.

The right side of his neck and

his shoulder are still numb due

to nerve damage, but he said he

feels about 90 per cent back to

normal.

Maybe more like 100 per cent

when cycling.”

He has been able to restart his

governance and management

support business in the notfor-profit

sector, and has added

another area of support – health,

cancer and recovery.

He has also reached out to

Canterbury District Health

Board to thank everyone

involved in his care and recovery.

“To my medical support team –

your interventions, support and

advice has been awesome,” he

said.

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Fire rages, homes at risk

BOY RACER DISCUSSION

Concerns over boy racers using

Deans Ave on Fridays and

Saturdays is set to be discussed

at tonight’s Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community Board

meeting. Deputy chairwoman

Helen Broughton has submitted

a notice of motion requesting

the board write to police

outlining residents’ concerns and

requesting increased patrols in

the area.

RICCARTON CENTRE

Excavation work to make way for

the new Riccarton Community

Centre is now finished. Work

on the backfill stage is also well

advanced, along with the lift pit,

and the first half of the external

foundation beams have been

poured. A city council report

said things will get “visually

interesting” next month when

the ground floor is poured. The

precast panels will be done by

mid-June. The project is on target

to be finished by December.

HORNBY HEAD GIRL

An article last week about a

Hornby High School concert

to raise money for residents

impacted by the terror attack

incorrectly named head girl

Shardey Harris as prefect Shardey

Jade. Southern View apologises

for the error.

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