A Rothesay man fighting a rare cancer is stepping up to raise awareness about the disease. And as Travis Fortnum reports, he’s planning a month-long walk to do it.

Walking 10 kilometres a day is a lot for the average person. Now imagine putting that many steps in as a 70-year-old cancer patient and you have Paul Kitchen’s plans for the month of May. The Rothesay retiree has Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare, slow-growing cancer found in the lymphatic system. He was diagnosed about seven years ago. “At the time when you looked it up on the internet it was a life expectancy of seven years, so for a guy in his mid-60s, this isn’t too exciting,” says Kitchen. He says getting diagnosed with the incurable cancer is a lonely experience.

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