Thank youZak 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 MonsterThe 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.
Sam, Chris and Zak are just one of many families that have benefited from the many organisations, services and staff that support and treat children with Neuroblastoma.
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