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Anti-bucket list idea from cancer survivor

A SCOTS 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, of Dumfries, a former crime scene investigator with the Metropolitan Police, said he wanted to travel the world and 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 fantasy wishlist of things to do and see, set up for those battling terminal illness before they "kick the bucket".

Mr Trout, 34, 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 first diagnosed with cancer aged seven and had to have a kidney removed.

Since beating cancer again, he has spent three months working with a remote community in ­Nicaragua, climbed a volcano in Costa Rica and went nature-watching on the Galapagos Islands. He is currently in Ecuador.

Mr Trout said: "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.

To follow the adventure, visit www.whenyousurvive.com

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