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Zak and all his family would like to say a huge thank you for all your wonderful donations - every extra pound is making a massive difference for children with Neuroblastoma.

A job well done!

On the 29th July 2010, the three lycra lads got ready for the off from John O'Groats. It was 9.15pm on a cold, but dry evening when Sj set off on the first leg of The Lycra Lads Challenge for Zak. Matt was ill with a virus and they were all very unsure of how the trip would pan out.

Tony's second 2 hour session resulted in a broken front gear and things were looking a bit desperate as Matt fought to combat his fatigue!  However, with fantastic support from the back up team, Chris and Steve, the lads soon found their stride. After the third leg, Matt sweated out his virus and felt the best he had in days and Tony pushed on with half a gear set!

We were all very surprised to hear the feedback that the boys were ahead of schedule and we are delighted to annouce that they completed their journey in just over 60 hours, arriving at Lands End at 9.30am on Sunday 1 August!

Congratulations to the boys for their efforts and a huge thank you to all those involved for making this challenge happen. 

Update on Zak - October 2010

Zak has amazed us all by tackling everything that Neuroblastoma could throw at him. After a few near calls during his second bout of chemotherapy, Zak pulled through and is now doing really well. 

He is currently undergoing Immunotherapy which is a new trial currently taking place in the UK and he has just two more sessions to complete before Christmas.  If the immunotherapy is successful this will help to reduce the chances of the Neuroblastoma returning and Zak can start to regain some sort of a normal childhood.

This new trial supported by the Neuroblastoma Society would not have been possible without charitable donations, so thank you once again for your support and for helping children like Zak. 

 

 

 

The Low Down

The three Harris brothers have pledged to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End, in a continuous relay aiming to finish in just three days. Two of the brothers will find it pretty tough and the third will find it an absolute nightmare. Covering nearly a 1000 miles, with no sleep, proper rest or meals for three days!  And why would you do this?.......take a look at Zak and children like him suffering with Neuroblastoma and the answers are there. That's why we're asking you to dig deep and make as big a donation as you can. 

The Team

SJ (The Mighty One) aka ‘Ironman’, Matt (Bushpig) aka Sports Billy, Tony (Tone) aka The Beer Monster 

The Challenge

The challenge will start at John O’Groats with all three boys cycling for the first 2 hours. After this point, one member of the team will continue to cycle for a further 2 hours. He will meet with the support vehicle as he finishes his session for the change over, where the second member of the team will cycle for 2 hours, and so on.  The ride will be continuous with one member of the team cycling at all times, day and night. The boys will cover approx 980 miles and aim to complete it in just three days. They will complete the final 30 miles to the finish at Lands End as a team.

Why

Neuroblastoma is a rare childhood cancer that effects between 80 and 90 children in the UK each year, many GPs will never encounter a case in their careers.  The cause of Neuroblastoma remains unknown, it is not thought to be inherited or caused by any environmental or other factors. The cancer forms a tumour arising from a particular nerve cell, which run in a chain-like fashion up the back of the child's abdomen and chest and into the skull following the line of the spinal cord.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to detect and often disguises itself behind common childhood illness and therefore can remain undiscovered until the child reaches a Stage 4 cancer or beyond.

Zak Hobbs, son of Chris Hobbs and Sam Warren was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in October 2009. The prognosis wasn't favourable and he immediately commenced a 4 month course of Chemotherapy. Zak has responded brilliantly to the treatment which has abolished the secondary and scattered tumours and dramatically reduced the primary tumour. He has just undergone major surgery to remove the primary tumour which was attached to his spine and lying underneath his heart. The preliminary results are good and the surgeon feels positive that she has captured all visible cancerous cells.

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Raising money for

The Neuroblastoma Society

The Neuroblastoma Society

Charity Registration No. 326385

Neuroblastoma is a rare aggressive childhood cancer. About 100 children are diagnosed in the UK each year. The Society works exclusively for these children in raising funds for British research into the disease, and offering information and support to families affected by neuroblastoma.

Donations 158

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Best wishes on the journey (from friends of Debbie and Simon)

Donation by Brona Lockhart on 31/07/10

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Best of luck boys

Donation by ian james on 30/07/10

£500.00

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Donation by Steve Green on 30/07/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Good luck Topman

Donation by Martin Shepperdson on 30/07/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good luck Simon and Co. Hope you have a great journey and well done for raising awareness of Zaks plight. Matt S & Family

Donation by Matthew Saunders on 29/07/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF U, THE TOTAL CAN B REACHED AND 2 GETHER WE CAN DO IT.

Donation by KAREN TITCOMBE on 29/07/10

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Best of luck, it's going to be tough but you can do it.

Donation by Mandy & Alan Bayliss on 29/07/10

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Best of luck!

Donation by Bill Duggan on 29/07/10

£50.00

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Good luck to you all. Hope you pack your padded shorts.

Donation by Lisa Simeone on 29/07/10

£40.00

+ £11.28 Gift Aid

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Not much of a challenge, but good luck anyway to the 3 Hairyarses.

Donation by The Meliks x on 29/07/10

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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All the luck in the world...

Donation by Craig Torrance on 28/07/10

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Dont stop off for to many triple shot super strength coffee's Simon.....! else 3 days could turn into a week.. Good luck everyone!

Donation by andrew cleary on 28/07/10

£200.00

+ £56.41 Gift Aid

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Good luck to you all.

Donation by Kristina Miles on 28/07/10

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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Good luck all of you, best wishes to Zak and his family.

Donation by Lucy & Paul Golder on 28/07/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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The very best of luck to you all.

Donation by Caroline Couch on 28/07/10

£20.00

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Good Luck to you all and best wishes to Zak and his family.

Donation by Simon & Kellie Perry on 27/07/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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All the best to Zak and his family. Good luck guys in your challenging venture - hope we can swap "cycling stories" later on! Love Petrina and Chris

Donation by Petrina McGregor on 27/07/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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You can do it. Plenty of vaseline, coupled with the inimitable Harris Boys spirit and you will get there!

Donation by The Baths on 27/07/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Sending you lots of good weather vibes,Good Luck love Jo, Steve & Gang xxxxx

Donation by joanne wotton on 27/07/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Helen Selwood-Starr on 27/07/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck you guys - be thinking of you !! Much love xxxxxxxx

Donation by Nicky Halford on 27/07/10

£20.00

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With lots of good luck, from Kate and the Wild Card PR team x

Donation by Katherine Teague on 27/07/10

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Good luck to everyone helping this very worthy cause, especially the Harris boys. Cycle safely. Keep up your courage Zak and family. HUGS from Emily

Donation by Emily K (cornwall) on 26/07/10

£40.00

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hope you've all got some good cycling shorts!

Donation by Alison waghorn on 26/07/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Good luck Lycra Lads....you are amazing, you deserve to do well Love Mark Dawn and Tom xxx

Donation by Mark and Dawn Starr on 26/07/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£11,327.00
  • Offline donations£1,255.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£12,582.00
  • Gift Aid£2,340.32

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