Daniel Hadley from Helford Gig Club is in recovery from treatment for testicular cancer. He got in touch to raise awareness of a charity bike ride him and others are doing this summer in aid of a new hospital unit being built in Truro. This is what Dan had to say:
Hello, my name is Dan and I’m a member of Helford River Gig Club.
This time last year, a couple of months after rowing in the Scilly World Championships and a few weeks after my daughter was born, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
After nine weeks of intensive chemotherapy, I was told the tumour had gone and I was in recovery. That was in November and I decided I needed something to aim for in a bid to return to something like ‘fit’ and get back in the boat for Newquay 2015.
So a good friend who visited me often in Treliske, suggested we have a ‘boys’ holiday on our road bikes in the summer. Things developed and now we are a couple of weeks away from our team’s charity cycle ride from Bristol to Truro.
Six of us, several from HRGC, are visiting the chemotherapy wards in Bristol, Taunton, Barnstaple, Exeter and Plymouth before finishing at Treliske in Truro.
We plan to complete this ride between 30th July and 2nd August and hope to raise £6000 towards The Cove Unit being built in Truro this year.
The unit will provide support for cancer sufferers, survivors and their families. It is a much needed resource for the county and will be available to anyone affected by cancer.
Through a couple of other events, we have so far raised approximately £4100. Please follow us on twitter (@TSubsidium #thechemocycle), Facebook (TeamSubsidium) and if you are able, please donate at www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Hadley7 .