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

Cycling 220 miles to find a cure

A man who lost his dad to a brain tumour is preparing to take on an epic cycling challenge to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

James Potter, director of The Linked In Man, will saddle up for a 220-mile cycle challenge on 23rd May. His efforts are in memory of his father, Anthony Potter, who died from a brain tumour in September 1988, aged 50.

Anthony was initially diagnosed with malignant melanoma. He had surgery and was given the all-clear, enjoying a few years of good health. However, the cancer metastasised to his brain, causing multiple, inoperable tumours.

Determined to try and prevent more families from experiencing the same devastation, James (pictured training at home) hopes to raise £5,480 to sponsor two days of research at one of our Centres of Excellence.

He said: “I’m attempting to cover the 220-mile distance and it will undoubtedly be my biggest personal challenge to date. The route takes in a lot of hills with more than 85% of it off-road. Training is hard but it’s going well and I’m now up to 100 miles off-road a week and increasing steadily – a massive step up from my normal 20 miles a week!

“My motivation is that I wanted to make a difference and to do it in Dad’s name is an honour. He’s always in my thoughts. I’ve also known friends lose their lives to this awful disease and I’m keen to raise awareness of the fact that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and that the incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing year on year.”

To support James’ fundraising, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Potter21

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