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The Fatchops Cancer Challenge: London to Saint-Tropez

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05 Aug 2013

Octavian "Tavi" Donnelly is cycling 1000 miles from London to St. Tropez this August, to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, after his father Peter was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Tavi said, "My father Peter, or Fatchops as we all know him, who has barely had a day’s illness in his life, has suddenly been diagnosed with Myelo Dysplasia and Acute Myeloid Leukaemia – a frightening blood disease that is curable but is rapidly fatal if left untreated. This is what needs research."


Peter Donnelly (centre) with his sons Sebastian (left) and Tavi (right)

Tavi's parents, Georgie and Peter Donnelly

Tavi's parents, Georgie and Peter Donnelly

The Donnelly family has had a terrible history with various cancers. Tavi's mother, Georgie, said. "My father, Denis, had Hodgkin lymphoma and died in 1970. Treatment was primitive, harsh and totally experimental then. Peter's father, Paul, had colon cancer but was cured, and is now 100 years old, being predeceased by his kids."

Peter's brother James has made US medical history by being in remission from multiple myeloma for over 10 years, after a bone marrow donation from his identical twin, John. Sadly John died last year from oesophageal cancer. The eldest brother has had prostate cancer but is a survivor.

Georgie said, "Their father Peter, aka Fatchops - now very Thinchops -  has acute myeloid leukaemia. Our family is really dogged by cancer, so my poor kids do not have an encouraging outlook!" Georgie herself has had breast cancer twice. 

Tavi and his father, Peter, in hospital

Tavi is cycling 1000 miles in 10 days during his summer break from Sandhurst to raise money for our blood cancer research. "I have had enough of sitting on the side lines. Now it’s time to throw my hat into the ring and do something and so I need YOUR help. 

Tavi Donnelly

"We also need to work on finding a less harsh treatment – at the moment intensive chemotherapy and then a bone marrow transplant are the only effective methods we have. They are extremely invasive, debilitating, frightening and painful and often do not work. We have to bring back the old Fatchops – the life and soul of every party. Whether you want to hug him or shoot him, he is not a man to be ignored. Nor can /should this cause to help him, and millions of other cancer sufferers, be ignored."

 

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Comments

Anonymous
02.08.2013

GO for it Tavi!! you will get there in style and with a very sore bottom! xx

Anonymous
12.08.2013

Thank you so much to everyone at LLR - you've been brilliant in helping talk me through all the various things I needed to organise for the FCC. Now I just need to get there!!!

Anonymous
12.08.2013

Go for it , that's why my family started this charity in 1960 when my sister Susan died from Leukaemia so that we could find a cure for blood cancers. My thoughts are with you all xx

Anonymous
12.08.2013

Good luck Tavi!! My mum was diagnosed with AML 1 month ago today, she is currently waiting for a week at home before returning to Southampton General Hospital for her 2nd round of intensive chemotherapy followed by a Bone Marrow Transplant. The hardest thing for me to understand is that, at 51, my mum is the wrong age group for this awful disease!! I am organising some small events for The Red and White Appeal at Southampton General, I am disabled so am unable to do anything out of the ordinary!! This unit is INCREDIBLE, the have a fantastic research department. I wish you & you're family all the best!

Anonymous
12.08.2013

Good luck with your fundraising and LONG bike journey Tavi I hope it goes really well and raises alot of much needed funds! Good luck to your dad making a complete recovery. I lost my mum to AML in september 2009 after a tough 2year battle. Best wishes to you and your family!x

Anonymous
16.08.2013

Hi there mate. All the very best for what will be a tough challenge. I reckon you`ll smash it though as you sound like a determined and motivated man. Wish I could be there to see you off but unfortunately can`t make it. All the very best!