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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year

Former Olympian saddling up to help find a cure

A former Olympian is taking part in our Cycle 274 Miles in August Challenge to help fund the fight.

Alan Rapley, who captained the GB swim team in 1996 and now works to develop the skills of Team GB’s athletic coaches, is saddling up to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research in memory of his dad, Ron.

Ron was initially diagnosed in August 2016 with motor neurone disease (MND) after he started limping and falling over. A month later, he underwent further tests including an MRI scan which revealed an inoperable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Ron underwent a few weeks of radiotherapy but deteriorated very quickly. He passed away just three months after his diagnosis.

Alan said: “Until Dad was diagnosed with brain cancer, I never realised how aggressive and devastating brain tumours can be, or that 88% of patients with this disease die within five years.

“I took up cycling fairly recently and, working at the top end of sport, I find that it helps me clear my mind, as well as being really enjoyable. Taking on Cycle 274 Miles in August was a no brainer – excuse the pun.”

If you would like to support Alan with a donation, click here to visit his Facebook Fundraiser.

There’s still time to sign up to Cycle 274 Miles in August and get pedalling to help get us closer to a cure.

Click here to join the Facebook Group and follow the simple steps to receive your FREE Brain Tumour Research cycling jersey and printed mile tracker.

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