HEAD Squash player Julian Bidlake recently represented Ireland at the 2008 Masters Home Internationals in April, achieving 3-1 wins against Scotland and Wales. At the same time, the 45-year-old from Horsham is working off the international squash court to win a battle of his own.
Bidlake was just five when his mother died of cancer, so it meant a great deal for him to represent her homeland, Ireland in April. And just seven years ago he faced his own cancer fight after being diagnosed with testicular and stomach cancer. Then just earlier this year, he lost his younger brother who had also been battling cancer.
Over the years, Bidlake and his family spend many tireless hours at The Royal Marsden, a world leading hospital in cancer care.
“My family has been very unlucky with cancer but we have all been extremely lucky to receive treatment at The Royal Marsden. Not only is it a world leader in cancer treatment and care, but the staff there are particularly special and their support makes receiving treatment almost bearable,” said Bidlake
His drive and determination led Bidlake to want to give back to the hospital that had taken care of his family.
“I want to continue to raise as much money as possible for the The Marsden so I've decided to travel to New Zealand in October to play in the World Masters Individual Championships,” he said.
Bidlake is raising funds to help pay for flights and accommodations to the World Masters Individual Championships so he can continue to support the Royal Marsden.
HEAD will sponsor Bidlake through squash clothing and equipment donations.