AFTER spending two years in remission of cancer, dancer Harvinder Sehmbi is organising a charity fundraiser as thanks for the support he has received.
The breakdancer, known as Harvey, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s High Grade Lymphoma in 2009 at the age of 26 after weeks of suffering pain in his knee.
His treatment was completed in May 2010 and he has now arranged a Dancer 4 Cancer event, which will take place at Fit4Less gym, in Eldene Drive, on July 14.
He will teach breakdancing from 9am-5pm and is asking for anyone, no matter their age, sex, fitness level or dance ability to come along and take part.
Harvey said: “To mark my second anniversary I wanted to do something for the Lymphoma Association, as I already donate every month to Macmillan and Cancer Research.
“Without them, support groups and many close friends and family, I don’t think I would have come out smiling in the end.”
Being told he had cancer at such a young age took a while to sink in for Harvey.
He said: “The specialist made me aware that they had labelled the condition I had as a ‘rare and unusual case’ because Lymphoma usually attacks the glands – never has there been a case where it was on the femur bone.
“It was all too much to take in, I was still trying to get over the shock of everything that was happening.
“At the age of 26 my first reaction was ‘why me? And at this age?’ I am a very healthy person, who never smokes or drinks and always aware of what I eat, so this was a shot in the head.”
Harvey underwent eight cycles of intravenous chemotherapy, four cycles of intrathecal chemotherapy and 20 cycles of radiotherapy on the femur.
During the event, dance lessons will start on the hour throughout the day and they will be free, although donations are welcome. To sponsor Harvey, visit www.justgiving.com/harvey-sehmbi.