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Patrick Collins and friends cycle across America to raise £16,500

Patrick C
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16 Sep 2013

In the early part of 2012, I was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukaemia. In the 1970s this type of leukaemia had a 100% mortality rate, but over 250 blood tests, 1500 tablets and 22 litres of chemotherapy later, I had finally finished my treatment. Without Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, I wouldn’t be here today. I really do owe them my life.

While I was receiving treatment, I’d decided that I wanted to give something back to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.  After discussions with friends and family, I decided I would do a cycle with friends across America.

The four of us were all friends from Harpenden, Glyn Griffiths, Ian Trevis, Jonathan Blake and myself. Our task was to cover 2000 miles in relay, across 9 states in 14 days. We started in Chicago on 27 May and finished in Las Vegas. It ended up being 8 states - unfortunately we couldn’t go to Oklahoma due to a tornado destroying much of the city. However, we did manage to visit the following famous cities during our incredible challenge:

- Chicago, Illinois
- St Louis, Missouri
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- Dallas, Texas
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Odessa, Texas
- Amarillo, Texas
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Las Vegas, Nevada

To date we have raised over £16,500 through a series of local fundraising events, including an auction night that raised about £2,700. All the money has gone to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to fund their amazing research into blood cancers.

But I haven't stopped yet - I have entered a local triathlon in early October, which gives me an incentive to raise some more money and stay fit!!! I'm really looking forward to a new challenge. My fundraising target is £25,000 and I’m already well over half way.

If you'd like to help me reach my target then please head on over to my Just Giving page and help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research's mission to beat blood cancer.