20th Jan, 2019

Sportsman in remission from leukaemia takes on London to Paris bike ride

Laura Kearns 22nd Sep, 2018

A KEEN sportsman in remission from leukaemia is getting back in the saddle by undertaking a bike ride from London to Paris.

Mark Nicholas from Kenilworth was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2016 and had to undergo a life-saving stem cell transplant after a donor was found in Germany.

But before the operation, the freelance IT consultant took on a 100-mile bike ride for Cure Leukaemia, which helped with his recovery.

Now, the 48-year-old Kenilworth Pirates rugby player is in remission and is celebrating by getting back on his bike to raise more money for the charity.

He has rallied his former cycling teammates, who joined him on the first ride, and who will once again take part in the five day ‘Marco’s Tour de Cure’ which starts today (Thursday).

Mark said: “I am feeling good, so we decided to get the team back together and take on London to Paris to try and raise some more funds for the vital work of Cure Leukaemia.

“It is great to take this challenge on and hopefully we are all going to smash it. And the focus of a cycle event like London to Paris also pushes me to exercise and get fit to aid my recovery from leukaemia.

“With whatever support Cure Leukaemia need I will be there, whether a bike ride or corporate event.”

So far Mark and his team have raised £14,000 for the charity.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marco-tour-de-cure to donate or find out more.

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