From tumour to trainer

In April 2014 Chris Pearce was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer of the left lung and lost half of his lung through surgery and surrounding lymph nodes. Just two years later he has placed 2nd in the Body Transformation Class at Pure Elite (the premium fitness/bikini model show). Chris says he is participating "to show that cancer survivors can overcome limitations, and we shouldn't be ashamed of our scars from surgeries and treatments."

He has so far raised an amazing £790 for Ellie's Friends. Chris has earned a pro card and is off to the British finals in November. To donate please visit

Chris says of the competition: "It has been a hard road to get in any type of shape to be on a stage but I am excited to continue the journey and to have a crack at the finals at the 02 indigo in November. It was the best day with lots of support and respect from the other competitors and the best chance to show what can be achieved with determination and passion."