I have just completed a mammoth 1024 mile, 2 week cycle ride from London to Barcelona raising money in memory of two of my closest friends, Laurence Beresford and Lawrence Matz. Both of them went that extra mile in life and as I hoped, my epic journey inspired donations in line with the immense effort required to accomplish it.
Please take time to look at the PHOTOS and VIDEOS of my arduous journey!A year of intense training helped me to the finishing line, but despite this I still found it extremely challenging and painful, although it has to be said, it cannot compare with the pain and suffering my two brave dear departed friends had to endure.
A huge THANK YOU for all your generous donations. For those who have not yet donated, it's not too late! Please do something amazing and support my efforts by making a donation so others may have a better outcome than the two Lols. It would be so greatly appreciated.
When our Laurence started having dizzy spells in 2006, he didn’t think too much about it until he had a full blown epileptic seizure. A brain scan showed a suspicious shadow on the left side of his brain and he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. This was effectively a death sentence. A biopsy revealed a low-grade astrocytoma. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Dr Jeremy Rees and Professor Michael Brada, Laurence passed away in 2010.
Throughout the course of this terrible disease, he never lost his incredible sense of humour and warmth which had rewarded him with so many friends. He bravely fought the progressive physical and intellectual effects of the tumour and continued with life as normally as possible.
His family and friends were his world and right up to the very end they remained an integral part of his life.
Laurence was always prepared to help others and now I feel it is time to honour his memory by raising money for a charity he held close to his heart.
Dr Rees is carrying out research on low grade gliomas trying to understand their behaviour and identifying those tumours which are going to turn malignant using MRI technology. Together with Professor Brada, they are looking for a new drug to treat these tumours at an earlier stage before the effects are apparent to the patient. They hope that with the money raised, Laurence's incredible suffering will not have been in vain.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. Please do something amazing and support me as generously as possible..
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