St Mary's Centre
By Haddenham Webteam - 28th August 2014 12:00pm
A group of local Dads will be cycling almost 100 miles in a day from Haddenham, Cambridgeshire to our home village of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire in memory of Lily Gray who sadly died last September of the childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma, aged just 2 years and 3 months old.
The team of twelve riders and their three support crew are all from Haddenham in Buckinghamshire and are nicknamed the 'Haddenham 100' as the route is nearly 100 miles. They will be attempting to cycle the distance on September 7th.
"As good friends of Lily Gray's family, we wanted to do something to contribute to the amazing efforts that they, and the wider community, have made to raise money for The Neuroblastoma Society in Lily's memory," explains Adam Richards-Gray, whose children used to play with Lily.
Lily's Dad, Michael Gray, is one of the team taking part in the ride.
"Lily, our youngest daughter, was a happy thriving toddler who was part of the village community, including the local play groups, until she suddenly became ill at 18 months old. We knew from diagnosis that neuroblastoma is extremely hard to treat, but we always believed she would beat it. She remained a happy, loving and determined little girl throughout her treatment, trying to do all the normal things that little ones do."
"Lily responded well to her initial chemotherapy, to the operation to remove her tumour, to the grueling high dose chemotherapy that followed and to her stem cell transplant. Unfortunately she relapsed before she completed the full treatment and died on the 19th September 2013. Neuroblastoma is extremely aggressive and unpredictable and it's now clear that only research is going to make a difference to those affected by it. We still know young children and their families who are trying to fight this cancer. People need to donate so research can be done to prevent the same thing happening to these and future families affected by this disease."
The Haddenham 100 will be leaving Haddenham in Cambridge on the morning of Sunday 7th September, and will be riding back home to Haddenham in Buckinghamshire where there will be a welcome back BBQ.
"The training has been rigorous, and we train as a group at least once a week, but we also try to do other sports to keep fit as well," continues Adam. "It has been a great challenge already, fitting in training around work and family, but we are all determined to complete this challenge for Lily."
To support the Haddenham 100, please visit their Just Giving Page at www.justgiving.com/Haddenham100 or text HADD50 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.