Cancer survivor to ride child’s bike to Northallerton for charity

Adam Alderson and Jamie Wilman on their children's bikes.

Wensleydale cancer survivor Adam Alderson has set himself the challenge of riding to Northallerton on a child’s princess bike to raise money for charity!

Adam, from Preston-under-Scar, defied the odds of having a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2015 by becoming the first long-term survivor of a multi-visceral eight-organ transplant coupled with radical tumour debulking.

Since the operation at Oxford Transplant Center, Adam has gone on to amaze the medical community by taking on some of the world’s biggest endurance challenges for charity.

Adam is also a professional speaker travelling the world to speak at medical events and conferences.

The 45-year-old now faces new challenges after he recently discovered the cancer had returned.

He will soon undergo another risky surgery to remove his transplanted organs and give him new transplanted organs — a surgery that has never been attempted before and will push medical boundaries to the limit.

While Adam waits to be seen by the transplant team at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, he is taking on a charity fundraiser for Cancer Research UK to ride a tiny child’s princess bike from Leyburn to the Cancer Research shop in Northallerton.

Supported by his friend Jamie Wilman, who also suffers from a chronic bowel condition colitis, the pair will squeeze themselves on their tiny bikes and ride the 27 miles down the Dale.

Adam said he found the little bike in a skip and thought “that would make a good challenge” so he scooped it out.

Jamie found his bike on Facebook for sale but once the seller heard what he wanted it for she kindly gave it away.

The team are sponsored by Bedale food company HECK! which has donated the pair’s target of £2,000 and, along with Adam’s own company YAKS, is providing support on the day.

Adam sees the challenge as a way of showing that living with cancer doesn’t mean you have to stop living.

“With my health not at its best this will be a big effort for me and our legs will be burning well before we get there,” added Adam.

Having lost both his parents to cancer Adam says he is passionate and determined not to let it beat him and will do all he can to help find better treatments or cures for a disease that destroys so many lives.

Adam and Jamie will leave Leyburn Market Place at 8am on Saturday, July 27. Their goal is to arrive in Northallerton within two hours depending on how many small bike problems they have.

Jamie said: “Even if I have to push the bike some of the way, it’s getting there.”

The pair have asked for people to support the challenge by seeing them on their way in Leyburn on the 27th and donating to Cancer Research UK by clicking here.

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