Nick Murray, aged 45, from Greystones, is taking part in the Sheffield 10k, to raise funds for Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, after his wife, Clare was diagnosed with cancer of the saliva gland in 2005.
Clare, aged 33 at the time, faced complicated facial surgery and dental work but was back at work within three months thanks to the care provided at the hospital’s maxillofacial department.
Nick said: “Clare noticed a small lump one day on her inner top lip, which didn’t go away, but didn’t suffer with any other symptoms. She had a biopsy, which found she had cancer of the saliva gland, and then had further tests to determine what treatment she would need.
“Due to the type of cancer she had, an operation was the only option to give her the best outcome. The surgical team had to take away areas around the mouth gums and teeth, but she was back at work after three months.
“Clare has continued to visit the hospital regularly over the last eleven years for monitoring and other cosmetic and dental work. She has since had further minor surgery and has now nearly finished her teeth implant surgery on her top row teeth. In November she is having cosmetic surgery on some scars and lip work.
“Clare has received excellent quality of care over the years so I thought it was time to show our appreciation. I’m trying to get fit and do the Sheffield 10k which will be my first. I’m hoping to raise £500 for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.”
The Oral and maxillofacial surgery department at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital includes the diagnosis and treatment in many areas, including facial injuries, head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases and facial pain.
The oral and maxillofacial surgeons frequently work alongside other specialists including orthodontists, oncologists, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons.