Alex Donnelly, Christie fundraiser

Alex Donnelly has been a supporter of The Christie since his wife Rachael was treated at the hospital for ovarian cancer.

Rachael was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was very young and one of her first worries was that she wouldn’t be able to have children. Thankfully, her cancer was at a very early stage and she froze her eggs in the hope that she would be able to have a baby one day.

After her treatment at The Christie, Rachael and Alex were overjoyed when she fell pregnant naturally and went on to give birth to their daughter Lucy.

To show his support for The Christie charity, Alex is taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride for The Christie charity. A popular annual cycle ride, the Manchester to Blackpool event was unfortunately cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride didn’t take place last year, many riders still took on a 60 mile bike ride challenge themselves on the day virtually – and one of those riders was Alex.

Alex is now looking forward to taking the ride on for real and being able to show his support for The Christie charity this July in Blackpool.

“The Christie means so much to us. Rachael was diagnosed at a very young age with ovarian cancer, luckily at the early stages. Initially she was told that having children would be virtually impossible and underwent freezing eggs in the hopes that one day it may be a reality.
“After undergoing treatment and being given the all clear, we were blessed with the news she had fell pregnant naturally and went on to give birth to our miracle daughter Lucy.
“I felt [the Manchester to Blackpool ride] would give me the chance to give something back to The Christie who have been amazing. Always professional, always realistic and always supportive. Without The Christie I am sure that Rachael wouldn’t be here today.”

- Alex Donnelly, Christie fundraiser

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Alex for his continued support, and can’t wait to meet him by the beach in July!

Do you want to be part of #TeamChristie this July? Sign up for the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride today.