After losing his Dad to lung cancer earlier last year, Martin decided to fight back and take on Cycle 300 to raise money for life-saving research.
“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 in the July that 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 Cycle 300 challenge. I decided to set a fundraising target of £500, and within 24 hours of opening my fundraising page I’d hit £600, and raised a total of over £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.