Paul pedals on for brave wife Jean - The Evesham Observer

Paul pedals on for brave wife Jean

Evesham Editorial 16th Jul, 2018   0

A CARING Pershore husband is gearing up to take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike ride as a tribute to his wife’s battle against ovarian cancer.

Paul Hancock will saddle up for the ride which starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

Following in the tracks of the London 2012 Olympic champions, this ‘festival of cycling’ has an amazing atmosphere.

Although the route is mostly flat, it also holds a fair few leg-testing climbs — all made worth it by a spectacular finish in The Mall in central London.

“My wife Jean was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017 and still fighting this terrible disease which has been life changing for the both of us,” he said.

“Training is going well with over 100 miles covered every week. Both Jean and I are very keen to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and raise funds to fight this disease. So far with the Just Giving page and pledges we have raised over £600.”

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often mistaken for symptoms of less serious conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Women experiencing persistent stomach pain. persistent bloating, difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly or needing to urinate more often are advised to contact their GP if they are worried.

Cary Wakefield, chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “We fund research to ensure early diagnosis and best possible treatment for the 7,400 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. It’s thanks to fund-raisers like

Paul who are willing to take on incredible challenges that enables us to improve the lives of women diagnosed with this disease.

“From everyone here at Ovarian Cancer Action, we wish you the best of luck!”

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