A leukaemia survivor is saddling up for the Wakefield Bikeathon on Sunday 10 October to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Fixby resident, Richard Mills, is taking on the 13-mile challenge after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2009. Richard, 48, assumed he had tendonitis when he started suffering from painful wrists and, ignoring the problem, went on a family holiday to Lanzarote.
When he started to feel lethargic and developed flu-like symptoms Richard knew something was wrong and visited his GP for further blood tests. The results revealed leukaemia and after a meeting with his consultant Richard began treatment straight away at St. James Hospital in Leeds.
Richard says: “That first weekend was really tough for my family, there were a lot of tears and hugs, but we knew we would get through it.”
Now Richard is in remission and is taking on the cycling challenge with his wife Gill and two daughters Grace, 14, and Beatrice, 12. Grace and Beatrice both attend Wakefield Girls High School.
Richard says: “The chemotherapy really affected me physically and I lost 2 ½ stone. In June I decided that I really needed to get fit again and build myself back up from the treatment.
"I thought training for the Wakefield Bikeathon would be the perfect way to do that and Gill and the girls wanted to join me so we signed up as a family.
“We’re all really looking forward to it and I just think that it is a wonderful way of repaying the people who research better treatments and cures for this terrible disease.”
To sponsor Richard as he peddles to beat blood cancers visit his JustGiving page
Starting at 10am from Kettlethrope High School, the Wakefield Bikeathon offers a choice of two routes of 13 and 26 miles along quiet country lanes and passing through picturesque country villages. The event is open to cyclists of all abilities and all entrants will receive a free t-shirt and medal at the finish line.
For more information and to sign up please contact Rebecca Andlaw, Cycling Events Coordinator at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research on 0207 209 5039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry fees are £7 per adult or £3 for juniors (children from 12-16) and families can register for £16. On the day adults can enter for £10, £5 for juniors, £25 for families and £3 for each additional child.