1 Man. 4 Years. 25,000 Miles.
Rather than just an update, this is a personal message from the LifeCycle Man himself…
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and neuroblastoma is the leading cause of cancer death in children under the age of five. It is also the most common form of solid tumour cancer in children under five. Only one in two children who are diagnosed actually survive.
So that’s why, two years ago, I decided to get on my bike and try and make a difference. A real difference.
I don’t have neuroblastoma in my family but I have met families who have: they are tortured by their loss. I look upon my task as simply getting the message out there that this is a disease that hardly anyone has heard of, yet it’s taking kids out before they’ve had a chance to live life.
I made the target 25,000 miles because it’s further than the circumference of the world at the equator. And believe me, it’s difficult. Out of Stewarton up the Cutstraw road at 5:10am every working day, the Fenwick Muir is a godawful place at times. Even in summer temperatures as low as 1C are not uncommon. And then there’s the trip home into the wind. Or worse still, the winter.
But I’d take any of that over having a child with cancer. I know of one wee girl who’s three and a bit and she’s been on chemo, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, you name it, since she was just two, and she takes it all onboard with a smile on her face. I want to help make that kind of life history.
That’s why I’m doing LifeCycleForNeuroblastoma at age 62, cycling over 200 miles a week. As the new edition of The Review drops through letterboxes all over Stewarton, I’ll be homing in on 17,000 miles: in two years. That’s roughly speaking the length of time it takes to make a child cancer free.
It’s not easy and I do have a choice. I could take the car to work. But kids with cancer don’t have a choice so I’ll stay on my bike till I’m done.
Unfortunately, I have ‘incidents’ from time to time, like falling off in the dark in winter, but when that happens, the girls up at Physioflexx put me back together again. So in this edition of the review, it’s only right that they should get their photo taken with the LifeCycle flag.
You can follow my journey at LifeCycleForNeuroblastoma on Facebook or by reading the blog at http://lifecycleforneuroblastoma.com
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Thank you for reading my story and I hope to see you on the journey: there’s a still a year of it to go…