“It was December 2005 when I first went to see my GP. I’d felt a twinge in one of my testicles but, with no family history of cancer and a sporty lifestyle, I didn’t really think anything of it," said Simon Richardson.
"I never for one second thought that just 10 months later, I would have endured two life-changing operations and be left with a 68cm scar running the entire length of my torso where my surgeons went in to remove the tennis-ball sized tumours, which I was completely oblivious to prior to diagnosis.”
“It’s taken me a long time to adjust to the effects of my cancer, but now in 2014 – seven years since my last operation and the year I turn 40 – I want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone involved along my road to recovery. I want to recognise their efforts with a new journey; the ultimate cycling challenge for me, the London to Paris Cycle Ride.”
“I know the ride is going to be gruelling – the training’s been bad enough! But I’ll be raising over £3,000 to support the Everyman appeal at the ICR and their scientists as they search for new, more effective treatments for male cancers. My support – my ‘thank you’ – is for the work that each and every cancer researcher has done, and continues to do, to lessen the impact cancer has, and improve the future for all those touched by it.”
If you would like to support the ICR and are interested in our cycling events, email [email protected] to join our cycling team, or see our Sports and challenges page for more event listings throughout 2015 and 2016.