In October 2009 I lost my beautiful daughter Antonia to asthma. Antonia was just 10 years old and she passed away in a little under ten minutes from a severe asthma attack leaving her mother, her brother's and sister, grandparents and I completely heartbroken and devastated. Children don't die from asthma - or that's what we thought. For the past five years we have worked to build a fitting legacy for our daughter and to ensure that other families don't suffer the same terrible fate. We want to raise awareness, help people who live with asthma to enjoy a full and active life and to accelerate research to find a cure.
This June, two teams of eight riders (including 8 international rugby players) going by the name of 'The Ruck and Rollers', are taking on the world's most grueling cycling race: the Race Across America (RAAM). The race covers 3,020 miles, crossing twelve US states and ascending over 55,000 metres. Make no mistake, this isn’t your regular charity ‘fun ride’. The teams are aiming to complete the entire race in just seven days.
It seems insane, so why are they doing it? The team will be raising money and awareness for Asthma UK, the British charity working to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma altogether. 1 in 11 people in the UK has asthma and every ten seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening attack. The Ruck and Rollers want to fundraise over £200,000 for this extremely important cause and they need all the help they can get.