Dean is taking part in Le Cure 2017 which is raising funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
"We all need a goal to spur us on and I believe we can all contribute to making our world a better place to live in. So what a perfect combination of the most challenging bike ride I've ever done with all proceeds going to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
A chance meeting with Marianne Butler in a pub in Richmond started all this for me. Diagnosed out of the blue with breast cancer, Marianne was the first person at the Marsden to receive the combination of two drugs, herceptin and pertuzumab. Those drugs were only available because of the amazing work carried out by Professor Ian Smith and his Research Fund, which forms part of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 6 months after diagnosis, Marianne was given the fantastic news that she had had a complete pathological response – the drugs had wiped out the cancer.
Inspired by Marianne's experience, Le Cure de France is a charity cycle event established in 2014 which so far has raised over £800,000 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and created three Le Cure research fellowships so giving us direct sight of the impact of our fundraising.
The simple act of saying yes to the invitation to ride Le Cure 2017 has completely changed my year and hopefully much further beyond. I've dropped 12 kilos, admittedly out of fear of repeating my failure to finish the Etape du Tour, and am at my fittest for 30 years. Probably a good job, as those who know my engineering background know that I love numbers - so here're a few:
382,2 km of cycling
12,000m (39,000ft) of climbing
12,000 calories of fuelling
The 80 Curistas (fellow cyclists) are funding all the flights, hotels, logistics, etc so every penny raised goes straight to the charity. I hope you'll feel able to contribute to the outstanding work the Royal Marsden does by supporting me through donations and by spreading the word. "
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