My name is Adam Lever and I have recently been appointed Physical Activity Intern for the next three months, yay!!! So about me. I guess the best place to start as to how I ended up at Macmillan is about 5 years ago…
Back in 2011, six weeks after starting studying at university, I was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in my left leg. As an active individual and keen sportsman, this came as a massive shock to myself, family and friends. My treatment involved six cycles of high dose chemotherapy, six hours of surgery and lots of gruelling hours working with physiotherapists. My road to recovery began in 2013 which was also the year I returned to my studies. This year I finally graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a first-class degree in Sport and Exercise Science something, at times, I never thought was possible.
Areas of interest to me at university included using behaviour change theory to increase and sustain physical activity behaviour and the role physical activity can play in the regulation and rehabilitation of a range of health diseases – I elected to study physical activity interventions with cancer patients in more detail in my final year. Alongside my studies, I also engaged in a variety of voluntary work for local charities in Leeds. This work, combined with my personal experience of cancer, has sparked my desire to work within the charity and public health sector and to help Macmillan achieve their ambition of “reaching and improving the lives of everyone living with cancer.”
I am honoured to join the Physical Activity team at Macmillan who have made me feel extremely welcome from day one. I look forward to developing my knowledge of behaviour change theory, physical activity and cancer. I am also extremely excited to work on projects such as the development of volunteer roles to support people living with and beyond cancer to get involved in physical activity!