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Press release posted 14 July 2024

In a remarkable display of resilience and determination, Taylor West - along with his father Ciaran and some work colleagues - will participate in the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on Sunday 14 July 2024. The ride is not just a test of endurance but a testament to Taylor's fight against cancer and his family's appreciation of The Christie.

Taylor’s journey began in December 2022 when he discovered a lump on his testicles. Despite initial reassurances from their GP that it was a cyst, a subsequent discovery of a lump on his neck led to further investigations. Blood tests and ultrasounds revealed no infections but indicated other issues, including glandular fever. A deeper scan during these tests unveiled a significant concern in his thyroid. After 2 rounds of biopsies, Taylor was diagnosed with thyroid cancer on March 28 2023.

The months following his diagnosis were gruelling. In late May 2023, Taylor underwent his first surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport to remove the tumour. Post-operative tests showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, necessitating a second surgery to remove his thyroid, lymph nodes, and glandular tissue.

In October 2023, Taylor was admitted to The Christie Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) unit for radioactive iodine treatment. Given the aggressive nature of his cancer, this treatment was his best option. Taylor endured a challenging period of isolation during his 5-day stay, with only brief visits from close family members. Fortunately, the treatment was successful, but he will need regular scans for the next decade.

Taylor decided to channel his gratitude by participating in the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride and fundraising for The Christie Charity. Over 4,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities take part in the event each year. Starting at Media City at Salford Quays, the route takes in the scenic country lanes of Lancashire and finishes beneath the iconic Glitterball on Blackpool’s South Promenade. The 60-mile bike ride is renowned for its fantastic carnival atmosphere.

A photo of Taylor West and 4 other male fundraisers wearing Christie Charity t-shirts.

Taylor’s family, who own Westfield Minibuses in Stockport, have been his steadfast support. They emphasise the importance of addressing any unusual health changes with a GP, crediting their close relationship and open communication for Taylor’s timely diagnosis and treatment. The family is committed to raising awareness and funds for The Christie Charity, planning additional fundraising activities in the future.

To support the work of The Christie Charity, please go to Donate today or ring 0161 446 3988.

Or if you want to join Taylor and his friends, why not take on The Christie Manchester to Blackpool bike ride. Taking place on Sunday 14 July 2024, the extra-special atmosphere and Team Christie encouragement will ensure you never forget crossing that finish line!

The Christie Charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS is able to fund. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education, and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families.

Last updated: July 2024