I’ve completed three 100 mile rides in the last three years, more as a personal challenge than for the very worthy charities involved but when I heard about this event I wanted to have a go for quite a few reasons:
My dad Thomas passed away from Leukaemia back in 1960 at just 45 years of age. To this day he is the most wonderful person I have ever known, a gentle man, and to me the best father a boy could have wished for. He died the day before my tenth birthday.
Seven years later my eldest brother Alan fell victim to cancer of the liver just a month short of his 21st birthday – he was a beautiful young man who had married only five months before his death.
My wife Chris overcame an aggressive Non Hodgkin Lymphoma five years ago only to be diagnosed recently with breast cancer. She underwent surgery in June to remove two malignant growths from her left breast and now requires a second operation to remove other potentially cancerous tissue from the same area. These operations will be followed firstly by an extensive course of chemotherapy and then radiotherapy which will continue well into 2015. She remains positive.
Apart from these close family members, blood cancers have affected so many other of my friends and family, which I guess is common for most people but it’s important for me to do something to help this worthy cause and I hope you will help me by sponsoring my bike ride. It doesn’t matter how small our individual contributions are as every penny helps but I do know that all of the money raised goes straight to the charity and I’m sure it will be put to good use.
I’ve probably got all the incentive I need to complete this ride but your support will mean a lot to me. What’s more important though is that it will mean a lot to many people we will never know about.