‘Now I want to sup­port oth­ers’

Cancer sur­vivor to take on 100 mile Ride Lon­don

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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