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London to Paris - reasons for riding

Matthew Lawley
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16 May 2017

We've been overwhelmed by your inspiring stories

One of our 2017 riders, Michael Kavanagh, is taking part in this year’s London to Paris event in memory of his partner Mark Aspery, who sadly passed away in 2011. Mark was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in August 2008 and started R-CHOP chemotherapy on his birthday, the 25th of August. He completed his treatment in early December and was then in remission. However, the lymphoma returned in November 2009.

Mark started chemo in preparation for an autologous stem cell transplant which he had in March 2010. However, the lymphoma again returned in December 2010 and Mark collapsed at the end of January.  The lymphoma had entered his brain and he sadly died on the 2nd March 2011. He was aged just 51 and he and Michael had been together for 27 years.

Michael is riding this year to remember Mark and to help us fund more research into new and kinder treatments.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the inspiring stories that you’ve shared with us, and by the strength of your commitment to help us beat blood cancer.  Thanks to you – each and every one of our fantastic riders – for your support!