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cancer survivor

By Luke Kenton


This is the incredible moment a crutch-using cancer survivor conquers a treacherous 180m rocky sea cliff.

In the Sturrall headlands, Ireland, Nikki Bradley is pushing her body to the limit as she navigates her way up the unpredictable and rocky hill-side, with the help of her trusty crutches.

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Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer at aged sixteen, Nikki uses her crutches to help with mobility, but even this didn’t stop the Irish-native from hoisting her way up a sheer rock-face, without hesitation.

It’s an eye-watering few moments for Nikki on the home-straight, as the already narrow path continues to close in 180 metres above ground and with her crutches precariously slipping on the uneven rocky terrain beneath her.

Thankfully though, she makes it to the summit safely, displaying a stunning view from one of Ireland’s most renown sea cliffs.

Iain Miller, Nikki’s adventuring instructor, said: “Logistically this has been Nikki’s biggest challenge to date and stands as testament as to what is possible given a little bit of motivation.

“The climb took around five or six hours in the end.

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“It was a demanding climb for Nikki, but she absolutely loved it.

“Nikki is such an inspiration, not only has she conquered an aggressive illness, she continues to conquer her inhibitions and fears.”

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One of 10 to survive the disease, in 2013 Nikki founded Fighting Fit For Ewing’s (FFFE), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the importance of exercise and rehabilitation.

FFFE has seen Nikki take on several adventures, including being the first woman to abseil down the Fanad Lighthouse, in Ireland, and abseiling down glaciers in Iceland.

Iain said: “Nikki’s mantra is ‘Yes Now, Worry Later’.

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“People often hesitate when taking on a challenge but if you say yes at the time, you can always figure out the logistics nearer the event.

“She hopes that through her actions, she can inspire others afflicted by disability or illness to live their lives to the fullest.”