Mum battling cancer to take on 300-mile charity cycling challenge

Thursday, 21st June 2018 | General | 0 comments

A mother from Chorley is marking her tenth year living with cancer by challenging herself to cycle 300-miles in an event to raise money for cancer research.
Hannah Bracegirdle, 36, will take part in North West Cancer Research’s Cycle of Hope challenge this July where she will cycle 70-miles a day over four days.

The mother of three was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that affects white blood cells, during a routine blood test while she was pregnant with her third child in 2007.
Her pregnancy meant that Hannah was unable to receive the recommended treatment and instead had to endure weekly doses of dialysis to clean her blood cells of the cancer. Despite her treatment her youngest son, Joel who is now 10 years old, was born happy and healthy in March 2008.

Hannah said: “Being diagnosed with cancer at any point of your life is awful, but finding out whilst carrying Joel was truly devastating. Not only could it affect my life, but also that of my unborn baby.
“Thankfully Joel was born fit and well and my doctors have told me that my cancer is now under control although I still need to take medication on a daily basis.

“Without the funding in research from charities like North West Cancer Research, I might not be here today to tell my story, which is why I decided to take part in Cycle of Hope. I’m now in full training mode cycling at least 20-miles every few days in the hopes to raise as much as I can for the charity.”

Thanks to advances in research, Hannah now takes just one tablet of Imatinib a day to help minimise the effects of her cancer. The owner of Future Day Champions Nursery in Horwich leads a normal life with Joel, her two other children Sophie, 14 and Noah, 11 and her husband of 16 years, John, 44.

Cycle of Hope will be Hannah’s second cycling challenge since she was diagnosed with cancer. In 2009 she rode 400 miles from London to Paris.

After becoming aware of Cycle of Hope through a friend, Hannah decided to sign-up and she is aiming to raise £1,600 for North West Cancer Research to help fund life-saving cancer research projects.

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, said: “Hannah’s story is truly inspirational and her determination to raise money for cancer research is brilliant. The fact that Hannah is living with cancer shows how far research has come and with more funding into the disease, we hope to see more people overcome and live happy lives with it.”

Cycle of Hope, will form part of a year-long calendar of events to celebrate North West Cancer Research’s 70th anniversary.

The inaugural event will see a peloton of cyclists cover 300-miles across Lancaster, North Wales and Liverpool, where the charity has committed to supporting more than £13million of research over the next five years.

Starting on July 11th the route will finish on July 14th in Dublin. All money raised by cyclists will contribute to further funding for life-saving cancer research across the region.

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