‘Now I want to support others’
Cancer survivor to take on 100 mile Ride London
A BOWEL cancer survivor will be taking part in a 100 mile cycle challenge to raise awareness of the disease and help others affected by it.
Jon Chaplin, 49, from Cholesbury, near Chesham, will tackle the Prudential RideLondonSurrey 100 on Sunday July 31. Father of two, Jon, who produces maritime conferences for a Norwegian media group, said: “In May 2013 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. After major complicated surgery, I was sent home with strong pain-killers and a stoma bag. Eight cycles of chemotherapy followed, then five weeks of daily radiation therapy.
“My return to work was a bit difficult at times. My job requires international travel and some long flights, which can be a challenge when dealing with the aftermath of bowel surgery – not least navigating airport security with a stoma bag. Happily, in September 2014, I had another operation which removed the need for the stoma bag.”
Jon added: “Bowel cancer is an awful disease – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – so I want to do my bit to support Beating Bowel Cancer and the Trevor Collins Foundation; two charities that give both hope and support to people who are going through it and experiencing what I went through. Knowing that a support network like Beating Bowel Cancer existed helped me get through some very low times.”
A keen cyclist and member of the Amersham Road Cycling Club, Jon said: “Cycling with friends has been a huge part of rediscovering normal life and rebuilding physical fitness Ride London will be a big challenge for me. I haven’t done 100 miles in a day yet but I’m on track with my training and I’m confident that I’ll be ready by the day.”
Jon will be joined on the day by brother-in-law Chris Tippetts, 60, and the pair will be riding as part of a 170-strong Beating Bowel Cancer team.
Beating Bowel Cancer’s Fundraising Events Manager, Danielle Chamberlain, said: “We’re so grateful for Jon’s support and fundraising efforts, which will help the charity continue to support those affected by bowel cancer.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JonChaplin2 to help with Jon’s fundraising efforts.
Each year around 41,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer, but if caught early, more than 90% of cases can be treated successfully. For more information and advice about bowel cancer visit the www. beatingbowelcancer.org.
Cycling has been a huge part of rediscovering my normal life
Challenge: Jon Chaplin will be taking on the 100 mile Ride London