After months of careful planning, prep and training, I can hardly believe that it’s just a matter of weeks until myself and my partner Gabs set off on our round the world cycling tour, spanning seven continents and taking up to seven years to complete!
If it sounds like a massive undertaking, that’s because it is – even more so when you consider that, until 25th June, Gabs was still receiving Herceptin injections as part of her breast cancer treatment. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in February 2017 – days before we were set to go on a cycling tour of Southeast Asia – and had to undergo a double mastectomy, lymph node removal and six rounds of chemotherapy. The diagnosis was a total shock to the both of us, as although Gabs had a family history of cancer, she had no symptoms at all, it just happened to be picked up during a mammogram.
Everything happened so fast. While I tried to hide my worries from Gabs, I ended up in A&E with a suspected heart attack just a matter of weeks before her mastectomy. Thankfully it wasn’t a heart attack, but my blood pressure was through the roof from the stress and worry. I knew that I needed to be strong for Gabs, who needed my support more than ever. She was so brave throughout her treatment and we were both so well looked after under the care of the amazing Nightingale Centre.
It was the Nightingale Centre where we first came across Prevent Breast Cancer and the incredible work they do, funding research with the aim of predicting and preventing breast cancer, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the terrible disease altogether. We both knew that we needed to find a way to show our support for the charity – and what better way than getting back in the bike saddle?
So, Gabs and I are setting off on our 100,000km world cycling tour across 67 countries in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer, hoping to raise £1 for every kilometre. We’ll be tackling some of the toughest terrain in the world, and at times will be totally cut off from civilisation, but what’s life without a challenge? We’ve certainly been through worse!
We are setting off from The Nightingale Centre at 11.30 am on the 9th July and would love as many as people as possible to come and wave us off for what could be up to a seven year adventure! We’re so passionate about the charity, and, as many of us will be affected by breast cancer at some point in our lives, it’s a cause close to many of our hearts. We’d be so grateful for any donations that could help us achieve our goal – the trip is entirely self-funded so every penny will be going straight to Prevent Breast Cancer.
We are certain that the 9th July is going to be the most significant date in our calendar this year, and we hope it’s a date in yours too!
To read Chris & Gab’s incredible full story on their website, click here.
Click here to make a donation to help Chris & Gabs reach their target.
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