Devoted brother plans to ride to London to raise cash to get cancer-stricken sister back on her feet
A devoted brother is getting on his bike to help get his cancer-stricken sister mobile again.
John Pearson, 46, plans to cycle 45 miles from Bishop's Stortford to the Thames Limehouse Basin and is inviting other riders to join him for the riverside ride on Friday, July 26.
He has already secured sponsorship of almost £6,000 to support sister Liz Fairclough.
He said: "My sister Liz was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in January. Unfortunately, the cancer has spread to Liz's spine and sternum and has damaged her hip bone to such an extent she cannot weight bear. Since January she has been bedridden but is bravely fighting it and has had six courses of chemotherapy. Liz has only recently been told she can transfer to a wheelchair which gives her some independence back."
John, a software developer, lives in Stansted with his accountant wife Maria and their twin seven-year-old sons Joseph and Samuel. The boys attend Hillmead Primary School in Bishop's Stortford.
His sister, 48, lives in Southport and worked as a nurse before cancer stuck. John said: "Cancer is a despicable disease that doesn't discriminate against age, lifestyle or wealth, and has a profound effect on everyone involved. Liz and her husband Jerome have two young boys they adopted four years ago. Everyday routines are now a struggle. Liz requires around the clock care and Jerome works full-time to provide for his family."
He would like to fund a mobility scooter or even a hip replacement for his sister.
John is a veteran of 10k fun runs and walked 24 Lake District peaks in 24 hours, but is a charity bike ride novice.
To prepare he said he had "cycled along the towpath to Broxbourne with my children several times".
He plans to start pedalling along the River Stort and then the Lea at 6.30am on July 26 from the Station Road bridge and said: "It would be amazing if anyone else wants to join me for a gentle four to five-hour cycle to London along the river! Please come along and raise money for your own good cause."
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