Charity Sporting Hero to cycle in the first urban bike ride
Press Release Posted 04 May 2012
An inspirational fundraising father and daughter
from Congleton are pedaling their support for The Christie in the
Great Manchester Cycle.
The cycling event is just one challenge from a long list that
avid supporter and ex-patient, Emmanuel Iyoha, is training for in
aid of the charity. For Emmanuel, 50, fundraising is his way of
thanking The Christie, the event's official local charity, for
helping him recover from cancer and go on to have more
Following the diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma at
the South Manchester cancer centre in 1989, Emmanuel, an IT
engineer, took the step of having his sperm frozen as the
chemotherapy treatment was likely to leave him infertile. To
Emmanuel and his wife Zoe's delight, their daughters Poppy, aged
five, and Ella, three, were born as a result of using the frozen
Emmanuel and Poppy will be cycling in the event on Saturday
4th June, when - for the first time ever - cyclists will
have the chance to ride on the Mancunian Way. It is normally
closed to cyclists as Manchester's two-mile urban motorway.
Cyclists can choose to complete the course in three
distances; 13, 26 or 52 miles so all abilities are welcome.
"I have The Christie to thank for my lovely family. Taking part
in sporting events, like the Great Manchester Cycle, with my
daughter is a real privilege as she is testament to the care and
support that I received at The Christie."
Since Emmanuel completed his treatment he has tirelessly
participated in events to fundraise for the specialist cancer
centre such as the Great Manchester Run, cycling in the Manchester
100 and the Manchester to Blackpool challenge. Not put off by epic
challenges, Emmanuel has climbed to Everest Base camp, the summit
of Mount Kilimanjaro and has recently trekked to Machu Picchu. As
with the Great Manchester Cycle, his whole family has joined
Emmanuel in getting behind The Christie and his children have taken
part in the Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run. In 2013,
Emmanuel is hoping to complete a trek across the Avenue of
Volcanoes in Ecuador; the 200km route takes in 14 volcanoes all
above 15, 000, also for The Christie.
To thank Emmanuel for his passionate and exceptional dedication,
The Christie has named him as one of our 2012 Sporting Heroes.
Register your place to cycle for The Christie by visiting the
Great Manchester Cycle website (http://www.greatcycle.org/). If you have
already signed up and would like to support The Christie, contact
the events team on 0161 446 3400 or email@example.com.
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