My story really isn't very interesting, but my sister's is so I'll tell you hers instead. Seven years ago my beloved sister Sheila was diagnosed with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma, a blood cancer. My little sister - probably the person I'm closest to in the whole world - had cancer. My world was turned upside down - but much more importantly so was Sheila's. Soon after I discovered the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR) charity, who exist solely to invest in research into these horrible conditions, and started taking part in fund-raising cycling events.All told I guess I've raised around £5000 - not much in the grand scheme of things but it really does all add up.
Last September I took part in LLR's London Bikeathon, cycling 100 miles in a day. I'd never done that before so felt mighty proud. Shortly after reaching the finish one of the LLR volunteers asked me if I fancied doing their London to Paris ride in June 2014. That sounds fun I thought, and so signed up.
A few days later I mentioned this to Sheila, who said she fancied doing it to. Now unlike most people she'd never ridden a bike, but felt sure that she could learn. And so Sheila signed up for London to Paris, still having never sat on a bike, and embarked on learning to ride. A couple of months before we set off for Paris.
I said Sheila's was the interesting story! You can read her full story here - it's well worth it. Go on!