After losing his Dad to lung cancer earlier this year, Martin decided to fight back and take on the 300-Mile Cycle Challenge. We hear from his inspiring story to help beat cancer sooner.
“At the beginning of April, I received a text from my mum asking me to come home as soon as possible. Dad had been diagnosed with lung cancer. We were told they couldn’t operate, so Dad underwent chemotherapy to shrink the tumour, which worked to begin with but on Thursday 6 July this year, I received a call from Mum to say that she couldn’t wake Dad. To say we were heartbroken was an understatement. The funeral came and went, and I felt myself sliding into a depression.
I had two choices – let the loss of Dad drag me down, or fight back. I chose the latter and signed up to Cancer Research UK’s 300-Mile Cycle Challenge. I decided to set a fundraising target of £500, and within 24 hours of opening my fundraising page I’d hit £600, and my total is currently at £1,700! I'm not just fighting back for my Dad, I'm fighting back for everyone affected by cancer.”
The money Martin has already raised will make a huge difference into researching all types of cancer so we can bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.