Story

Matthew Hunter here!

Myself, Lily Anderson (managing and creating the charity event as well as being our inspiration) and four of my friends (Mr Tom Wesley, Mr Matthew Nichols, Mr Joe Daniels, and of course Mr Ben Oakes) will be partaking in the challenge of creating a Bike Ride Mark II! This time we will be cycling a whopping 100 miles, from the town of Bury St Edmunds, to the east coast of england, southwold, in two days. This, will be a challenge you will never forget. Why? Well ... 

Cancer. 

Its not a word people feel comfortable hearing, or thinking about, but sadly- around seven people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

That means so many young people every year are forced to deal with the gruesome realtiy of cancer, without the proper support they need from getting such a horrible disease at such a crucial age in life.  

So please help us do what we can to make it even a little bit BETTER for them. 

The Teenage Cancer Trust fund makes Cancer in young people more bearable, and offers the right support for young teens battling cancer- and when cancer becomes lonely, depressing, and sickening, the TCT are there to help. 

Our dearest friend, Lily Anderson, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma back in october 2012, and here, is her story.

Lilys story:

I was diagnosed with cancer at fourteen, with stage four Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in my lungs and mediastinum. Everything seemed to slow down and I was no longer me anymore- I hadn’t even had any “proper” symptoms, only unexplained chest pains and weight loss! When I was told, it was awful- I cried for hours, and telling my friends and family was the worst thing I had ever had to do. At that time I was genuinely afraid for my life- but when it came down to it, losing my life to this disease just wasn’t an option for me. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart right in front of me- though my friends were all brilliant, and started fundraising immediately for me. A few days later, I was in a four hour operation to get a piece of that large tumour in my chest. While they were in there they inserted a long tube into a vein called a hickman line- where they would administer my chemotherapy and any other IV drugs I needed along the way. Though it was painful I got through it and started my first round of chemo on Halloween. I ended up losing a whole stone in weight from throwing up so much, and could barely move from the sofa I was so weak. I made up for the weight loss in the next few months, gaining three stone and becoming puffy and sore from the high dose of steroids I was on. Unfortunately, my cancer journey was then made harder by the fact I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy- a form of temporary nerve damage. I was in agony all the time, and confined to a wheelchair for months, including when I was on radiotherapy. Though the doctors had said it was ‘easy’, radiotherapy made me as sick as chemo had and I had to be admitted to hospital again. After the radiotherapy, though, I was free of treatment and I finally got the chance to recover properly. I was in a wheelchair for a few months but made my way to crutches and then splints and finally back to normal (ish). Some parts of my feet are still numb because the nerves aren’t great, but it’s better than not being able to walk- so I’ll take it. I went back to school and took up my GCSE’s- diving in with enthusiasm and a newfound drive to succeed and show to everyone that I wasn’t just a sick teenager anymore.

Unfortunately, only six months after I had been released with good news, I ended up back in the same horrible situation as before. It might have come back- but they had to wait a month and take another scan, they said. I didn’t react well to the news- and did as any upset teenager would do, got a bit drunk, broke a toe, and ended up in A&E. It was a tough month, and I couldn’t think of anything else, and when the scan finally came round and I went in for the results- I was told that it had returned. I had the lymphoma back in my chest, lungs and abdomen- the shadows they had thought were just leftover scar tissue turned out to be cancer. I started chemo again and was very ill all over again, puffed out but I had lost a lot of the weight from last time, so things weren’t as difficult. I felt very alone, but the ward I was on was wonderful and I made a few amazing friends who were all in the same position as me, and understood everything I was going through. After four months of chemo, I was allowed a month off before the big part of the treatment- a stem cell transplant. I used the brief period to spend time with my friends and family and even had my birthday- which I spent at the zoo with all my friends. The stem cell transplant was horrible- I had to spend a whole month in hospital and the chemo was so strong that it wiped out my immune system completely, causing me to get several infections one after the other. The other thing that chemo does is cause the mouth, throat and lining of the gut to become sensitive, sore and thinner. I couldn’t eat or drink and had to have a tube put down my nose and into my stomach. It was awful, and I was in so much pain that I just wanted everything to end. We aren’t always so brave and strong, and I think I had never wanted to give up more than in those few weeks. Finally it did end, and my three month scans have been clear. I’ve been in recovery for five and a half months now, and bar a couple of horrible of nasty chest infections- I’ve managed to stay away from hospital. I’m glad it’s over, and strangely I wouldn’t trade the experience- I’ve learnt a lot, and met so many amazing and inspirational people on the way, and I think I’m a better person. Hopefully now I can just continue to get better and better, and live out the rest of my life knowing how lucky I was to have survived it all.

Because of Lily, this cause is so dear to our hearts- we saw how the Teenage Cancer Trust made things so much easier for her and we want them to be able to do that for every single young adult fighting their own cancer battle around the country. So please support us now, and give what you can for this amazing cause.

Find below the links to both our Facebook page and our Twitter, if you have the time we would really appreciate if you could like/follow us and show your support for our cause!

https://twitter.com/KCitNaB

https://www.facebook.com/kickingcancerinthenutsandboltscyle

Updates 2

A MASSIVE thank you to Gary Mond who sent a generous £50 cheque to the Teenage Cancer Trust for the bike ride! We really appreciate it, so thank you so much!

30/01/14 07:03

Thank you so much to Natasha Daniels, and Harry Amos for donating ! You're helping an incredible cause, thank you. Keep the donations coming guys ! Videos and photos coming soon ....

28/01/14 06:16

Raising money for

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust

Charity Registration No. 1062559

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24. We fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals and provide dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.

Donations 76

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/14

£40.00

Matt I hope you cycled as fast as you run on Monday!!

Donation by Stephen Atkins on 15/05/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/14

£10.00

Donation by Ian Paterson on 27/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Ben and friends

Donation by The Tookes on 14/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck boys - we're behind you all the way!

Donation by Wesley/Collins/Leathers/Farrant families on 13/04/14

£200.00

+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic cause! Good luck!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/04/14

£20.00

Good Luck!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/04/14

£15.00

Good Luck to you all, Enjoy it! Lindsay, Tom and Josh xxx

Donation by Lindsay Matthews on 11/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done everyone!

Donation by Lily's Mum & Dad on 10/04/14

£88.58

+ £22.15 Gift Aid

Lily you're bloody amazing. So much love for you girl xxxx

Donation by Zeena on 10/04/14

£10.00

Don't forget your gel seat or you'll get a sore bum, mum says she hopes you're getting on well with your guitar! This bike ride is a great challenge, you guys and Lily are inspiring, good luck! xx

Donation by Daisy and Urs from camp xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on 10/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Enjoy the ride, boys! And, Ben, take great care of that bike... A really good cause, well done.

Donation by Mum and Dad (Ben's)! on 08/04/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Boo! proud of you xxx

Donation by Pharfi on 08/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done lads , hope it goes well !

Donation by S Bolt on 08/04/14

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Wow! Impressive challenge. It should be a lovely ride. Enjoy!

Donation by Jackie Paul and Harry Wareham-Kirk on 03/04/14

£10.00

Good luck...all of you. x

Donation by Scarlett Cue on 01/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Cause. Good luck!

Donation by Brian Hazleman on 27/03/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck and best to Lily

Donation by Matt Eccles and family on 24/03/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by John Morgan on 24/03/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck - a great cause to support.

Donation by Martin Curtis on 24/03/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations to all of you.

Donation by Paul North on 24/03/14

Don't forget the Deep Heat Rub, George! Well done all of you.

Donation by Bun and Ken xx on 22/03/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/03/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/03/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,293.00
  • Offline donations£50.00
  • Text donations£2.00
  • Total raised£3,345.00
  • Gift Aid£632.90

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