A RELATIVE of a three-year-old girl who died of a rare cancer last year goes on a grueling 150-mile tandem ride for a good cause.
Megan Whittaker, from Little Lever, takes up the challenge with husband Mark on behalf of Children with Cancer UK.
The challenging June 26 bike ride is over 150 miles and will see the pair travel from Seascale in Cumbria to Whitby.
It takes about 14 hours where they will climb to about 12,000 ft after 5 in the morning.
Megan’s cousin’s daughter, Lily-Mai Pugh, started going bad at the start of the first lockdown and was initially diagnosed with a viral infection.
But in June, the youngster was diagnosed with an extremely rare plueropulmonary blastoma of cancer in her right lung. Only two to three children a year in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. Lily-Mae was killed in July.
And Megan and the family are desperate to raise awareness about childhood cancer – and hope the bike ride can lead to lifesaving care for others.
She said, “We’ve been raising money for dementia charities for years, but after Lily-Mae died, we decided to do it for a childhood cancer charity.
“It will take a lot of money to make a difference, so we’re hoping to raise £ 3,000 – we’re halfway there. That’s the kind of money they need for equipment and to make a difference. .
“The sheer magnitude of what the family has gone through and lost – and at that age too – has brought us together. I just think when something like this happens, even a little bit of support can mean so much.
“The goal of children with cancer is for every child to ‘ring the cancer bell’ to signal the end of their treatment. And I just love that.”
The family also hopes that people who follow the challenge will learn more about children with cancer and the struggles they face.
Megan added, “We want to raise awareness of what these children and families are going through. It’s not being shown enough, I don’t think, and people should see what this charity is doing for young people.”
To donate to the fundraiser, search justgiving.com for ‘Meg & Mark – Coast to Coast in a day on a Tandem Bike’.