Chilton’s Gareth Brown is currently half way from the Baltic Sea in Poland to the Adriatic sea in Croatia on his 2,000km charity cycle in aid of research into prostate cancer.
Gareth, whose father was diagnosed with the disease ten years ago, is financing the epic cycle himself.
“All he has with him is his bike, helmet, tent, small stove and his money,” said his sister, Debra, who alerted the Chapter to her brother’s efforts. “He is funding the whole trip himself such as food and camp sites and hostels and is aiming to raise £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK,” she said.
On his fundraising page, Gareth, who currently lives abroad in Switzerland, said: “I will be travelling alone and unsupported, therefore anything you can donate will without doubt keep my spirits and motivation high through the 5 weeks that it will take me to complete the challenge.”
To reach his destination, Gareth will cycle through six European countries, beginning in Poland and passing through Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary before eventually arriving in Croatia and continuing on to the Adriatic coast.
“On a personal note raising money for Prostate Cancer with it now being 10 years since my Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer means a lot,” he added.
“He is fighting fit now and I’m very thankful for everything that Prostate Cancer UK are doing to support this cause.
“Approximately 1 in 8 men in the UK will get prostate cancer in the UK at some point in there lives, therefore donating whatever you can would certainly go towards helping a lot of families. Thank you in advance.
“If you want to find out how the cycling is progressing I will be sharing progress from 15th August through https://take-2.org/2019/08/07/cycling-from-the-baltic-to-adriatic/
“Additionally as you contemplate donating, its important I outline what Prostate Cancer UK do with donations.
“Donations support research to find better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent prostate cancer, raising awareness for men through marketing and supporting men and their families affected by the disease.
“£10 pays for one hour of a research assistant’s time, providing valuable support in laboratory settings and helping research projects run smoothly.
“£35 pays for 350 ‘Know your prostate’ pocket guides helping more men aware of their risk of prostate cancer and where they can go for support.
“£50 could pay for the analysis of four tissue samples allowing scientists to understand more about prostate cancer and how it can develop in men.
“Using a sample from a man’s first biopsy to work out the individual make-up of his prostate cancer could help clinicians decide what treatment is most likely to work for him.
“£75 could pay for 5 surgery support packs, giving men practical and informative support on the after-effects of surgery when they need it most.
“The packs give them access to vital supplies in a discrete fashion, information for them and their families on what to expect, what is normal and where they can find additional support.
“£100 could cover the cost of analysing six blood samples.
“Blood samples could be used to work out why a particular treatment works for some men and not others.”
For more information visit the Prostate Cancer UK page at https://prostatecanceruk.org. To donate to Gareth, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gareth-brown-cycling.