Cancer survivor Greig Trout dumps bucket list, travels world for '101 things to do when you survive' instead

5 January 2014 10:02 PM

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Cancer survivor Greig Trout dumps bucket list, travels world for '101 things to do when you survive' instead

A POLICE officer who twice defeated cancer has compiled an alternative "bucket list" in the hope it will inspire others to beat the disease.

Greig Trout, a former crime scene investigator with London's Metropolitan Police, is travelling the world to follow his dreams after being given the all-clear a second time.

His list of "101 things to do when you survive" is a take on the 21st-century phenomenon of the bucket list - a wishlist of things to do and see, set up for those battling terminal illness before they "kick the bucket".

Mr Trout is one of the survivors behind Cancer Research UK's Every Moment Counts campaign, which highlights the special moments of those who have encountered the disease.

He was seven years old when he was first diagnosed with cancer, which necessitated the removal of one kidney. Since beating cancer again, the 34-year-old, originally from Dumfries in Scotland, has spent three months working with a remote community in Nicaragua, climbed a volcano in Costa Rica and nature-watching on the Galapagos Islands. Most recently he was in Ecuador.

Mr Trout, who lived in Newcastle and Bristol before moving to London to join the police, says: "After my bowel operation and with chemotherapy looming, the worst-case scenario was death.

"At that point, my thoughts were not of all I had achieved at work as a crime scene examiner or the nice apartment I lived in, they were of the places I had visited and of the experiences I had had. I also thought of the places I hadn't seen yet and may never get a chance to.

"When I got my two-year 'all clear', I decided the time was right to follow my dreams and travel the world with the aim of inspiring others affected by cancer."

The idea for the anti-bucket list came to him when he was in a hospital waiting room.

"It's exactly that 'every moment counts' feeling,'' he says. "As I watched people come and go, I knew some of them were not going to get good news.

"I thought how wonderful it would be if they could come on my trip with me and the idea of '101 things to do when you survive' was born.

"Most books and travel journals concentrate on bucket lists and 'things to do before you die'. I thought it was about time to inspire others to show them what is waiting for them when they survive."

Mr Trout created a website for his challenge with 50 ideas on the list, leaving a further 51 vacancies for other suggestions. Three of Trout's dreams involve Australia and six mention New Zealand.

His ideas have caught the eye of adventurer Bear Grylls, who says: "Greig is truly one brave man and is determined to shine a light and help and inspire those who have faced real battles," Grylls says.

37. See Matt Damon say, "Do you like apples?... Well I beat cancer... How do you like them apples?'' (Ridiculous I know! Good Will Hunting is my favourite flick and I may have said this a few times myself)


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