Kind Shane in 3,000 mile char­ity ride

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A WEB de­vel­oper is set to cy­cle 3,200 miles from San Fran­cisco to New York in 28 days in a bid to raise £10,000 to sup­port chil­dren with deaf­ness or cancer.

Shane Pren­der­gast, from Bolling­ton-based dig­i­tal and in­te­grated mar­ket­ing agency Stein IAS, will be­gin his long ride on Septem­ber 1 at Stein IAS’s San Fran­cisco of­fice in aid of Ac­tion on Hear­ing Loss and CLIC Sar­gent, two char­i­ties close to his heart. Shane is pro­foundly deaf him­self.

Cross­ing 11 states and four time zones, he will av­er­age a gru­elling 120 miles per day be­fore reach­ing the New York base in Man­hat­tan on Septem­ber 28.

Shane has cho­sen the char­i­ties which sup­port chil­dren fac­ing dif­fi­cult chal­lenges at a young age, both of which he has per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of.

Ac­tion on Hear­ing Loss sup­ports chil­dren and their fam­i­lies across the UK and aims to cre­ate a world where hear­ing loss doesn’t limit or la­bel peo­ple.

At the age of 12, Shane be­gan to suf­fer from sig­nif­i­cant hear­ing loss and at the age of just 21, was pro­foundly deaf.

Through his fundrais­ing he hopes to help chil­dren fac­ing sim­i­lar chal­lenges to him­self as they grow up with hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

With per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of deal­ing with cancer as a child, af­ter a close fam­ily mem­ber was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in 2012, Shane is also rais­ing money for CLIC Sar­gent.

The char­ity pro­vides sup­port to young cancer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, help­ing them deal with the im­pact of cancer – its treat­ment, life af­ter treat­ment and, in some cases, be­reave­ment.

Shane said: “Although a novice my­self, I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in cy­cling hav­ing watched my dad con­quer a num­ber of pun­ish­ing bike rides across the US, Aus­tralia, Canada and around the coast of Bri­tain, rais­ing over £50,000 for var­i­ous UK char­i­ties.

“Twenty years later, I’ve de­cided to fol­low in his tracks by tak­ing on what was one of his favourite and most chal­leng­ing rides to sup­port two char­i­ties I’m very pas­sion­ate about.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Shane’s ride and to do­nate visit ride­forthechild.co.uk.

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●● Shane Pren­der­gast, pic­tured cen­tre with par­ents Donna and Mike, will cy­cle 3,200 miles from San Fran­cisco to New York

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