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Former St Albans sportsman, Will Laughton, completes grueling London Bikeathon for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
Former international sportsman Will Laughton completed this year’s London Bikeathon, the capital’s largest charity cycle event, to raise £3,230 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a charity close to his heart.
The 26-year-old and his brother, George, both from St Albans, challenged themselves to the marathon 26-mile route on Sunday, September 15, after Will was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in July 2012.
Will’s course of chemotherapy treatment was unsuccessful, and he required a bone marrow transplant to save his life. Thankfully, George was a match and the transplant went ahead successfully in November 2012.
Will said: "I really enjoyed the London Bikeathon and having my family and friends cycling with me. It was incredible to think that a year ago I was in real trouble. I was lucky having George as a perfect match for the transplant and, so far, things are looking good for the future.
"Back in May when I signed up for the event, it was a target to train for to regain my fitness.
"I used to be an international rower and so I wanted a challenge - cycling 26 miles seemed to be an achievable target. It was also an opportunity to raise money and awareness for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, an amazing charity whose research I have benefited from. Without their crucial work, things may have been very different for me."
Will hopes that, collectively, he and George will have raised £5,500 for the blood cancer charity.
Dan Solley, Head of Sports Events at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: "We are constantly inspired by the stories of those fundraising for us and the dedication of our supporters like Will and George. Every penny raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer - stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better."
Now in its 17th year, the London Bikeathon attracted over 5,500 cyclists who passed by some of the capital’s most iconic and picturesque sights, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, Tate Britain and Royal Festival Hall. It is hoped that this year’s event will raise over £900,000 for the blood cancer charity.
To support Will and help beat blood cancer, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/willlaughton
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