John plans 138-mile cycle ride to thank hospital for saving his
Burnham-On-Sea pensioner is planning to cycle coast-to-coast across
northern England to raise money for a hospital which saved his
Simmons, 77, was an indoor rowing world champion in the over-70s
category when he was diagnosed with cancer.
was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma shortly after returning
from the world championships and was told that without immediate
treatment his life expectancy could be reduced to a matter of
say I was shocked would be a gross understatement," he says.
"Beyond the odd pulled muscle and an annual flu jab, I had
always been extremely fit and well."
the news broke I thought of my family, not least my five little
grandchildren, all boys, and each one an absolute joy. The thought
that I might not watch them grow was difficult to contemplate.
However, the Oncology Unit at Weston Super Mare Hospital responded
brilliantly and after twelve months of intensive chemotherapy
I feel fit and well, and my cancer is currently in remission."
can't place a value on the gift Ive received, and I am left
with a debt of gratitude to the hospital that I can never repay.
However, I hope by raising funds I can at least contribute towards
the needs of others who require similar treatment to mine."
Oncology Unit at Weston Hospital treated him and after a year
of intensive chemotherapy he says he now feels fit and well, and
his cancer is in remission.
has therefore decided to take part in a coast-to-coast cycling
challenge to raise funds for Weston General Hospital as a thank
you to them.
will cycle the 138 mile route from Workington in Cumbria to the
mouth of the River Tyne in Newcastle, setting off on Thursday
June 5th. To sponsor him, visit his Just Giving page here.