In 2000 I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphatic cancer at just 16 years of age. I underwent several rounds of chemo where I had to spend days at a time in an isolation ward in Birmingham’s City Hospital, coupled with two major surgeries. After 12 months of treatment I was given the all clear, having been given only a 5-10% chance of survival at one point. I’ve always been a fighter!
Now I’m taking on what is without doubt my biggest endurance challenge. I am joining former England, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Nottingham Forest footballer, leukaemia survivor and Patron of blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia Geoff Thomas, to cycle the full Tour de France route one day ahead of the professionals in 2020.The event, GT15, will take place from Friday June 26th Saturday July 18th next year and we will take all 21 gruelling stages and 3,470km of the recently announced Le Tour 2020 route a day ahead of the likes of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.As a team we are committed to raising £1,000,000 for the charity that helped save Geoff's life. All funds raised from this event will be invested directly into the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) network which Cure Leukaemia will begin funding from January 2020 allowing them to open and run clinical trials for pioneering treatments for the disease. Patients from an increased catchment area of over 20 million people will have access, as a result, to potentially life-saving treatments.