Alun Kerslake, 62, is cycling 100 miles in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey on Sunday 30 July to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s ground-breaking breast cancer research.
Alun, from Uttoxeter, will take on the famous cycling challenge in memory of his wife, Kay, who sadly passed away from breast cancer in November 2016.
Kay, Alun’s wife of 30 years, was initially diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in March 2012. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, but the cancer returned in November 2013 and this time, it had spread.
She died three years later, after further treatment was unsuccessful. Alun also knows first-hand what it’s like to experience a cancer diagnosis, as he himself was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 2012, just months after Kay’s first breast cancer diagnosis.
The couple went through chemotherapy together, and were each other’s rocks throughout their treatments. Alun is now well and keeping himself incredibly fit, training hard for the 100 mile challenge which sees riders cycle from London’s Olympic Park to Surrey, and then back to London, finishing on The Mall in central London.
“This will be the furthest I’ve ever cycled; 100 miles is a daunting prospect, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’ve been on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis, as well as looking after Kay when she went through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, so these days I don’t want to sit around – life is for living and I want to make the most of everything.
“I’m raising money for Breast Cancer Now because I want to help fund life-saving research. I’m doing it for Kay, for women who are at risk of developing breast cancer, and those currently undergoing treatment. Whatever I can do to stop breast cancer occurring, reduce the incidence rate, or increase life expectancy, I will gladly do!”
Sian Wilkinson, Challenge Events Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“We are so grateful for Alun’s wonderful support. We hope he really enjoys taking part in RideLondon-Surrey, whilst raising much-needed funds for breast cancer research.
“Breast cancer is a devastating disease that still cuts short the lives of around 11,500 women and 80 men each year. We want to change that.
“With every bike ride that’s done and marathon that’s run, we’re powering research that’s finding new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer, until the day when we stop it once and for all. With supporters like Alun by our side we can make it happen faster. We wish him the very best of luck with RideLondon-Surrey!”
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