The Anderson support team
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Three years ago I took up a fund-raising challenge to be part of a group of five girls cycling the Étape du Tour, which is the amateur stage of the Tour de France. We all succeeded and it really got me hooked on riding a bike for more than just fun.The focus and determination to keep up with training is one thing, but the teamwork and camaraderie is the best bit of all and provides the motivation to keep the pedals turning.
After a couple of years of intermittent cycling, Lisa’s invite to take up the London to Paris ride for Myeloma UK has tempted me back into the saddle again.Whilst most charitable causes are worthy ones, when you have a personal connection to something it makes it even more worthwhile fighting for. Seeing Lisa battle her way through illness with such drive and optimism really is quite humbling, and like my team mates the fact that I have to put myself through a small amount of discomfort to raise funds is nothing in comparison with the pain and stress which she and many others have had to face - which we might ourselves face at some stage in our lives.
The fact that Lisa herself is undertaking this ride is enough for me. I have the support of my husband Simon and my three lovely daughters who can all do without me every now and then - I’ll need the Domino’s Pizzas anyway. So I’m looking forward to the rides, the rests, the ridicule (never looked amazing in lycra) and ridiculous amount of jelly babies I’ll be entitled to eat over the next few months. Besides, it feels good to stay fit.
I’m also hoping we might get that Team Sky Tour de France shot, linking arms across the finish line in Paris….I’m aiming high… although like all the Wacky Races, it may not go quite to plan (by the way Andy does a dashing Penelope Pitstop impression, but I’ve ordered the Muttley suit!).
2 years ago my life was turned upside down when the love of my life (my gorgeous wife) was diagnosed with Myeloma.
With the help of all our family and friends, the NHS (Portsmouth QA and Southampton Hospitals) and Myeloma UK we have got to where we are now. Now it’s my turn to give something back and raise money for Myeloma UK to fund new research and find a cure for this awful disease. It will be a tough cycle but not as tough as it is for all the people suffering with Myeloma.
Hey, my name is Carli and I am a part of the Wacky Racers
Team. Until Lisa got diagnosed with myeloma I had never heard of this cancer before, so not only am I hoping to raise money for myeloma I also want to help raise awareness and with any luck hopefully one day there will be a cure!
I first met Lisa through my mum in David Lloyd changing rooms, her and my mum seemed to become close friends straight away and after talking to Lisa a few times I could tell why! They are very similar in the fact they are kind natured, determined, driven and always up for a crazy challenge.
After Lisa got the ok to exercise again she started training with myself. I remember in our first session how low her confidence was, how much strength she had lost but also how much her posture had been affected by wearing the body brace. Due to Lisa being in the spinal brace she had now started to hunch slightly forward. Fast forward to now she is lifting heavy weights, confident in trying whatever exercise I chuck at her and her posture has completely improved. Through Lisa’s journey to remission it was catching how upbeat she was keeping so when Lisa told me about this bike ride and how much she wanted to do it, it inspired me to step completely out of my comfort zone and sign up to.
For the last few years I’ve been solely weight training and trying to get in the best shape of my life for yearly photo shoots, so now using Lisa’s strength and determination I want to smash this ride with my team- let me tell you a little secret though I’ve only ever been on a road bike once before this I To be honest Im petrified to be on the roads however the fear I will feel is nothing like those suffering with myeloma.
Hi I’m Andy and to be honest I just want to have fun !
That said life can throw us a real pile of rubbish sometimes. We don’t even know what is going to happen tomorrow, so there is really no point in worrying about it and as the song says “don’t worry be happy”.
Lisa is my sister-in-law, she too must be mad, as she married Ian. That said she is now part of the Pearce/Bailey team and we love her to bits.
Her news was devastating to us all. We have watched her journey and try to help where we can, even if its only long distance support.
She is one hell of a positive person and out to grab everything she can from life – an excellent approach.
Life is a collection of memories that we all make and treasure and this ride is going to be a fantastic one, even if it includes two aching legs and a sore bum !
I can’t find a cure for Myeloma but I can raise cash to help someone else do it and we can have a great time in the process. So bring it on !
Oh and by the way I like cycling, walking, eating and anything to do with Science fiction :-)
Hello, my name is Alison and I am part of the Wacky Racers Team.
Many special people in my life have been affected by cancer and Myeloma is definitely one close to my heart.
A few years ago I started a fitness regime in support of my daughter, Carli, who was studying and training to become a fully qualified personal trainer. I was the 'guinea pig' for a lot of assessments but through this I also found a way to lose weight and grow in confidence with myself trying various different fitness classes.
On this journey with my daughter we also met lovely Lisa who was my buddy when I first started to go to classes and also in the changing rooms! Our friendship grew quickly and before I knew it we were signing up for the triathlon at a local gym and Lisa taught me how to run!
Sadly, during this training Lisa was diagnosed with Myeloma and started a much harder journey.
During this challenging time for Lisa, despite how poorly she was she still coached me and encouraged me to continue training and complete the triathlon which I did for us both.
We have shared many special times together, supporting each other through the ups and downs, crying and laughing and pushing each other not to give up through various life challenges.
Lisa is now in remission and hopefully will be for a very long time. I have seen the many struggles both Lisa and Ian have been faced with but she is so strong and such an inspiration.
I consider Lisa to be one of my closest friends and it is a complete honour for Carli and I to be invited to join her on this part of her journey and at the same time raising funds for all those affected by Myeloma.
Through my health and fitness journey, I like to be challenged which I know the bike ride will be but I also know Wacky Racers are strong and we will smash this.