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Cancer Survivor and Cancer Research Specialist Cycle together to Amsterdam as part of the Hope Against Cancer Clogs and Cleats Cycle Ride with Martin Johnson

Posted by pt91 at Sep 04, 2013 04:10 PM |

Issued by Hope Against Cancer on 3 September 2013

In 2010, Mark Powell, a healthy, non-smoking 44 year old, was diagnosed with T2 Squamous Cell Carcinoma on his left tonsil.  Following an aggressive course of treatment he noticed changes to a mole on his stomach and received a further diagnosis of ‘Thin Cell’ Melanoma Cancer.

Today, thanks to the specialised treatment he received at the Royal Infirmary in Leicester, he is fully recovered and taking part in the grueling 2013 Clogs and Cleats Cycle Ride to raise vital funds for Hope Against Cancer.

“I wouldn’t be here today without the fabulous treatment I received from doctors, consultants and nurses in Leicester.  Much of this specialised treatment is directly linked to research funded by Hope.” Said Mark.

As well as former rugby legend, Martin Johnson, Mark will be joined by Dr Stewart Sale, a cancer researcher and lecturer in cancer chemo-prevention.

"As a cancer researcher, I know funding is vital to continue the efforts to battle against cancer.

"The money donated to Hope is invested straight back into cancer research projects in Leicestershire and Rutland, therefore specially benefiting cancer patients in this community.

"The chemo-prevention lab in which I work has been funded by Hope and that has enabled us to carry out important clinical trials, generating findings that could potentially benefit cancer patients.

"I have always been a keen sportsman and this is a way I can combine personal interests and raise money for the charity, which I hope will be in the thousands.” Said Dr Sale

All 55 cyclists taking part in the event will make their way to the City Centre, arriving at the clock tower at 9.15am on the morning of 7th September.  With loud musical encouragement from the Thurmaston Marching Brass and following the official cutting of the starting ribbon by Lady Gretton, the cyclists will depart accompanied out of the city centre by Councillor Palmer.

The route will take in Cambridge, Amsterdam and Rotterdam finishing with a 110 mile stage from Hull to Leicester arriving back at Stamford Hall, Oadby, on Wednesday 11th September at 7.30pm.

“Our aim is to raise £75,000 which would fund a new cancer research project in one of Leicester’s Hospitals or Universities.  The cyclists and the support team have been training and fund raising hard and to date have raised over £51,000, so our target is looking like a real possibility.”  said Tim Hughes, Hope Against Cancer's cycle challenge organiser and cyclist.

This ambitious challenge is part of Hope’s 10th Anniversary Year. The charity was established in 2003 to raise funds to support local cancer research at the universities and hospitals in Leicester to directly benefit cancer patients in Leicestershire and Rutland.  It has currently raised in excess of £3 million and funded 30 research fellowships looking at a wide range of cancers including blood cancers, pancreatic, breast and bowel.

If anyone would like to support the cyclists individually or corporately, please visit the Clogs and Cleats Event on our website for details or contact Tim Hughes at the Hope offices.

If you would like to make a donation please visit: To find out more about Hope Against Cancer, please visit their website: or telephone the Hope offices 0116 2700101

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