Charity Ride to Amsterdam - 24th - 26th October
On Thursday 24th October, seven other Team Bullheart riders and myself will be attempting a ride from St Raphaels Hospice in Sutton to Amsterdam to raise money for the hospice itself. My close friend Jay Chavalier, his brother Nick and cousin Mark asked me to contribute as a rider in honour of their grandfather, who passed away at the hospice last year, and who was a huge supporter of my original Team Bullheart JOGLE ride in 2010. For those of you who don't know, I was diagnosed in 2009 with cardiac and skeletal Angiosarcoma, one of the rarest cancers on earth, and was given a less than 1% chance of surviving past 12 months. Due to the dedication and friendship of people like the Chevaliers and their grandfather, I am still here four years later and am currently the longest living cardiac AS patient in history. There is a little more detail here should you like to know more about sarcoma, which accounts for less than one percent of all cancers, and features a rather natty picture of me!
There is also a film that was made by Sarcoma UK, featuring myself and three other people affected by sarcoma that might be worth a look.
All In It Together - Living With Sarcoma on Vimeo
The ride itself is a massive challenge - approximately 150 miles a day, through four countries, on singlespeed bikes. It will be brutal, and require great teamwork to achieve it - we will be riding under a combined King's Reach/Team Bullheart banner, and I feel proud to be making a contribution to a service providing comfort, support and dignity for those reaching the end of their lives.
If you feel you'd like to make a contribution, that would be fantastic. If you would rather not, but are happy to spread the word by passing on this email, that would be great too. The page to make donations can be found here:
Either way, thank you for your support!
Mark 'Bullheart' Fradgley