On Sunday 30th October 2016 over 200 cyclists will take part in a 100 mile ride-out. Starting and finishing in the South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend, riders will be venturing through several different Welsh towns such as Llantwit Major, Porthcawl, Port Talbot, Llantrisant and even conquering the steep climbs over the Bwlch Mountain. All of this is in aid of The Welsh Brain Tumour Research Fund for Velindre Cancer Centre.
So why are these riders putting themselves through this? This is Lily Evans' story: The reason why I am trying to raise money is because my family and I have been through a tough year.
In 2015 my brave Nanna was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal cancer that developed whilst she was being treated for breast cancer. The Velindre cancer centre provided her with overwhelming care and support through her various, intensive treatments and the brilliant nurses became a part of our family. Sadly, my nan lost her battle with cancer and passed away peacefully in February 2016.
Unfortunately, the story does not end there for us. On Monday 22/02/16, my father, a policeman, 10x IRONMAN triathlete and best friend Michael David Evans was diagnosed with a terminal malignant brain tumour at the age of 48. The cancer is at stage 4 and we are unsure how long we have left to find a cure. The longest living man with this type of tumour is on his sixth year.
Following complicated surgery attempting to remove most of the tumour from his brain, he is now receiving treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Velindre. I am confident that they will take as great care of him as they did his beautiful mother and my Nanna.
We as a family feel strongly that we would like to give something back to the charity who have provided us with support beyond what we ever imagined they could.
With the help of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the South Wales Police this event has been organised to not only raise awareness, but to help kick cancer's butt!
If you would like to discuss entering, please contact: Ian Greenman (07880 788008)