This coming September, Robert Philpott is taking on the enormous challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. This will see him cycle 970 miles in 9 days, starting in Cornwall and travelling all the way to the top of Scotland. He is taking on this epic journey for his sister, Mary, who is currently undergoing treatment for secondary breast cancer. In this blog, Robert discusses his motivation for taking on the challenge.
I will participate in the 2022 Ride Across Britain. This 9-day cycle challenge starts in Land’s End and finishes in John O’Groats. It covers 970 miles, crossing 23 different counties in England, Scotland and Wales. I have been a keen cyclist for many years and wanted to tick off this famous, epic journey. It is a battle of endurance which often symbolizes the battle against breast cancer.
My sister, Mary, was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer in 2010 at age 44. She underwent a single mastectomy and a full lymph node clearance. There followed 6 months of chemotherapy and 25 sessions of radiotherapy. She had hormone therapy for a further 8 years. She was declared cured of cancer after 5 years. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in April 2020. It was detected in her stomach and bowel, which further spread to her bladder. Oral chemotherapy was tried but failed. As a result, she is now undergoing intravenous chemotherapy treatment in her battle against this disease. Her treatment has been stop/start due to COVID since May 2020.
WHY PREVENT BREAST CANCER
Mary has battled breast cancer for many years and so I wanted to find a charity that supports people like her, and her family, as they do their best to live full and positive lives. No other family should have to endure the physical and psychological stress of a cancer diagnosis. Both Mary’s and my daughter will have the tools they need to prevent breast cancer in their lives.
Robert has raised over $3500 for Prevent Breast Cancer so far! If you want to help him reach his $5000 target you can donate to his JustGiving page.