A FUND-RAISING sportsman in remission from cancer is taking on two charity bike rides with the support of family and friends.
Mark Nicholas from Kenilworth was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2016 and had to undergo a life-saving stem cell transplant.
But just weeks before the operation, the freelance IT consultant took on the 100-mile Birmingham Velo bike ride for Cure Leukaemia, which supported him during his recovery.
Since being told he is in remission, the 48-year-old has taken on a number of other fund-raising rides for the charity.
And his fund-raising is set to continue this year by cycling the Velo in Birmingham again on Sunday May 12, joined by 17-year-old son Finn and a number of friends, who accompanied him on the same ride last year in a team called Marco’s Tour de Cure.
He will also ride 283 miles from London to Paris over three days from Thursday September 12 with sister Dominique and 16-year-old daughter Evie, along with a number of his ‘team’.
Mark said: “Last time I did the Velo I was feeling fit and in good health. It was great to have Finn joining me and I’m really looking forward to another fantastic day.
“Then it will all be about London to Paris, and I am delighted that Evie has agreed to join in this year. The same goes for my sister who lives and works in Milan, but is training hard over there ready come and join us.
“I love the team, I love the charity and I love the experience, and it is a fantastic way of raising money that will genuinely save lives just as they did with me.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/retourdecure to donate.