The Ride Against Cancer

August 13, 2013 1:58 pm Published by

This year, on the 16th of September, the ‘Ride Against Cancer Team’ are attempting to ride the “South Uplands Way” Coast to Coast.  The route starts in Portpatrick on the west coast of Scotland and ends 5 days later on the east coast in Cockburnspath.  The map below shows the number of days it takes to complete the route on foot (17 in total) due to the fact that it is not designed to be ridden.  For this reason a lot of time will be spent carrying the mountain bikes on difficult terrain.

The Piam Brown Unit at the Southampton General Hospital is the Regional Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Unit for Wessex. Their multi- disciplinary team cater for children from a day old to 18 years of age, so the demand on their resources are huge. They treat all types of cancer of which leukaemia is the most common- accounting for approximately one third of new patients each year. The money raised has helped with costs relating to medication as well as helping families with the unavoidable cost of remaining close to their child while they are treated.  Even little things like toys and blankets can mean so much in such difficult circumstances and the generosity so far has helped ensure that these things are not overlooked. 

Once the initial treatment is finished for the patient, the care from the Piam Brown Unit follows up care for up to ten years, helping to make sure that life is kept as normal as possible for the families. Furthermore, the funds needed to run the playroom, school room, two bone marrow transplant rooms and also the MacMillan Nursing Team are invaluable. The Piam Brown Unit also provides various outings for the children, which have proven to be great for morale. Continuous fundraising is vital for the continuation of the incredible support of all of the staff at the Piam Brown Unit, and any support would be very gratefully received.

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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