Daniel Blake, founder of the Pancreatic Cancer UK fund Nicki's Smile, has been chosen to carry the Olympic flame on its journey around the UK!
On July 23rd Daniel will be carrying the torch 300m through Croydon in memory of his late wife Nicki, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in November 2010.
Nicki was only 33, prompting husband Daniel to set up Nicki's Smile to raise awareness and money for early diagnosis research. So far a grand total of £270,000 has been raised by the foundation's supporters for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
We spoke to Dan about his upcoming Olympic run, who said:
"It means the world to me to be a torchbearer. The sole reason I have been chosen is because of Nicki's passing and how I am treasuring her memory through my charitable efforts. This is the ideal opportunity to pay tribute to Nicki in the most incredible way - carrying a flame in her loving memory that will be remembered in my family and future generations for eternity. My son Joshua will be there (4 years old) and I hope he can pass the Olympic Torch down through the generations and explain the significance behind it. The Olympic Torch experience will be with me for the rest of my life. I will be carrying Nicki with me on that day."
If you want to find out more about Nicki's Smile, watch Dan's recent interview about his Olympic achievement on Russell Howard's BBC programme Good News or alternatively visit the Nicki's Smile website for more details.