Steven O’Neill, Christie patient

Christie patient Steven got a diagnosis of bowel cancer just 18 months ago. The news came just after his 50th birthday and was understandably a blow to Steven and his fiancé, Simi.

Steven had surgery at The Christie followed by 6 months of chemotherapy. Although it was a tough time for him, Steven really appreciated the care he had at The Christie. He decided to take on the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride for The Christie.

Unfortunately, the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Steven is still determined to take on his own virtual Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride challenge. On 12 September, he’ll be cycling 60 miles – the same distance as the original Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride.

To prepare for the day, Steven’s been training 5 days a week. His training starts with a 25km ride and then working up to a final ride each week of more than 80km.

Steven’s still fairly new to cycling as he only took it up during lockdown. He said he used to cycle years ago but his training for the virtual Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride has taken it to a whole new level. Since he started training, he’s cycled more than 2,500km!

“I received excellent care at The Christie and I want to help give something back.
“So here I am, 18 months later, having taken up cycling again during lockdown and aiming to complete a virtual Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on 12 September 2020.
“Although I’m doing a lot of training, it has been quite painful as I still get neuropathy (which is caused by nerve damage) following my chemotherapy treatment.
“However the whole experience drives me to continue, and overall I’ve never felt fitter and I’ve managed to lose two stone, which of course is also a bonus.”

- Steven, Christie patient

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