I first heard Adam's story from a close mutual friend of ours, when the opportunity arose up to combine my passion for cycling with the chance to raise money for such a worthy cause came I jumped at it!
Adam Joyce became involved with Cure Leukaemia following a shock diagnosis when he was 22 years old. Adam was a seemingly fit and healthy firefighter in Birmingham, only 2 years earlier embarking on the start of his dream career.
Adam had minimal symptoms of tooth ache and tiredness; easily dismissed by most, but he was to learn that both were related to a rare form of blood cancer that would threaten his life.
Adam was given 50/50 chance of survival even with intensive, conventional chemotherapy treatments that saw him suffer the all-too familiar side-effects of total hair loss and losing 3st in weight to become a shadow of the fit and active young man he was. It was discussed with Adam very early-on that if the chemotherapy was unsuccessful then it would be potentially very difficult to find a bone marrow match for him owing to his very small family with no siblings. There was only 1 form of treatment available to Adam and all other patients at that time and that was the intense poisoning that chemotherapy is. Adam was one of the fortunate patients who was strong enough and lucky enough to survive. Many didn't.
This was all before the charity Cure Leukaemia was born, founded by the Professor who saved Adam’s life.
By backing Cure Leukaemia, you will be making a direct impact; helping hundreds of thousands of people like Adam live a better life and avoid unnecessary suffering and death. Cure Leukaemia is now one of the leading charities in the world supporting the development of new drug and transplant treatments for patients with blood cancers.
Help us to take the gamble out of blood cancer survival and let’s find a cure – within 15 years!
This really is #Mission Possible!