This week I’ve had the honour of speaking at Jakarta International School (JIS), and after a presentation thismorning I was asked by a student “what has driven you on through the tough stretches?” My response was that compared to those suffering from cancer, those thousands of kilometers of desert or challenging mountain passes were nothing. And that’s the truth.
In an effort to focus on the crucial work being funded by AICR, I don’t ordinarily deflect from my expedition on my posts. But tonight I’ve made an exception after receiving an email from a cycle touring friend. And this is why…
My friends nine year old cousin, Maily Nguyen, has been recently diagnosed with Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain tumor. This rare cancer generally only effects children between the age of five to ten, and the family are reaching out to “raise funds to help with everyday costs in making Maily’s days comfortable and happy and providing the family an opportunity to spend as much time together as possible”. Its not a charity. Money goes directly towards making Maily’s remaining days as beautiful as possible.
I first met my friend Amie in Dubrovnik, and she took me into her holiday apartment for the evening to provide me with a hearty meal, a warm shower, and an incredibly comfortable bed. She helped a cycle-touring stranger in need, so tonight I’m asking anyone following cycling4cancer to lend a hand to a family in need if they can!
I know next month when I battle through headwind in the Australian desert, I’ll be thinking of Maily, and the importance of fighting the battle against cancer!