I nominate my dad to be a torchbearer as he is an inspirational figure who has devoted his life since 1984 to developing women's health services in Newham as a gynaecologist at Newham General Hospital. My dad is very sick with myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, and has had continuous chemotherapy since 2007. Despite its disabling effects he has continued to work and be an inspiration and support to other cancer sufferers, his family, students, fellow doctors and to all those around him. He has worked tirelessly to help so many of Newham's women; he has delivered thousands of babies and as Director of Medical Education has inspired generations of young and not so young doctors. My dad is a very humble person and I would not even know of his achievements if it were not for people who work in the borough telling me. My dad loves sports and is a talented tennis player. He ran three marathons but he is no longer able to do so because of his illness. He still cycles and plays tennis when he is well enough. Despite being sick he continues to be president of the Barts and the London Tennis Association where he brings together medical students to play tennis and learn about about working together. My dad has been thrilled to be part of the borough that is hosting the Olympics and has been proud to see Newham develop and change. It would be a dream for him to be part of the Olympic ceremony and to experience first hand the moment when the world celebrates Newham.