Ex-Orient defender Adam Tann is a former cancer sufferer and has been busy in the last couple of months raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Tann played for the O’s during the back-end of the 2005-06 promotion season and played a key part in the side that survived relegation the year after as he scored in the 2-0 win at Bradford in 2007 which cemented the club’s League 1 status.
The former Notts County and Cambridge United man is still plying his trade in the non-league most recently with Chelmsford City in a back four that also contained ex-O’s Justin Miller and Aiden Palmer, but last month took to the road on his bike on a charity ride to each of the 20 Premier League grounds in just one week.
“It was a gruelling experience,” explains Tann. “We wanted to raise money for a number of cancer charities with Orchid Cancer being the main beneficiary and my friend Dan and I didn’t even own a bike three months ago and are very much novice cyclists so we wanted to do something out of our comfort zone.
“Words can’t describe how tough it was, we travelled 145 miles in one day but it was an amazing experience. At the moment we’ve raised around £4,500 and we have a few donations to come in and people can still donate at www.twowheeltesticletour.co.uk”
Despite the challenge applying only to Premier League grounds, Tann couldn’t resist stopping outside of the Matchroom Stadium and getting a photograph outside his former club.
He said: “I had to stop and get a photo outside Orient too, as it’s a club that’s very important to me and quite possibly where I enjoyed the best time of my career.
“I was only at Orient 18 months which is not a huge amount of time yet it is probably the most memorable and enjoyable time of my career when I look back. It wasn’t just the promotion to be honest, at Orient it was more than that, we had a great group of lads and management team and the club as a whole really was just great, I think a lot of the other lads will tell you the same and I’m still in touch with a lot of them.
“I don’t have many regrets in football but one was probably that I left Orient. I should have stayed longer and had an offer to do so but it was my decision and I have to live with that but I’ve wished the club every success ever since.”
It was with the O’s that Tann was diagnosed with testicular cancer in the autumn of 2006 but would go on to make a speedy recovery and play for the club again in early 2007. For Tann it all happened so quickly.
“I had played in the first team a couple of weeks before and been sent off and was suspended so was playing in the reserves. I mentioned to my wife on the Monday that I had a small lump so she told me to go the doctor’s and I told him I played for Orient and he said to mention it the club doc.
“On the Tuesday I played for the reserves and the club doctor had a look at it and straightaway booked me in for a radiologist test on the Wednesday. On the Thursday I got the test results back that said it was a tumour and on Friday it was confirmed as cancer.
“Then the following Monday I was having the surgery so it was very quick process and I was very lucky boy as I couldn’t have been treated any better so was very thankful to the club.”
To find out more and to donate head to www.twowheeltesticulartour.co.uk