Ryan Hubbard cycles from Lands End to John O’Groats

This August, Ryan Hubbard, will be cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds to support the charity’s work. As well as being a founding member of Friends of the Cancer Centre’s Bangor & Ards Fundraising Group, Ryan is a fabulous ambassador for the charity, helping raise awareness of testicular cancer.

In August 2007, just before his 21st birthday, Ryan was diagnosed with stage two testicular cancer. Thinking back to fourteen years ago when he was first diagnosed with cancer, Ryan said:

” When I first found a lump, I was a typical man I did not want to admit there was something wrong. So, I did not go to the doctor straight away. It got to the point I could not ignore it anymore and I went to my GP who referred me for urgent treatment. ”

Following chemotherapy treatment in the Cancer Centre in Belfast and a long road to recover his strength back, Ryan remains well and is continuing his pledge to make a difference to others.

Over the past fourteen years, Ryan has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness and thank the staff in the Cancer Centre and Friends of the Cancer Centre for helping him through an incredibly difficult time. His first fundraiser was a 24 hour mountain bike race in Scotland, just nine months after he finished treatment and since then, Ryan has cycled from Mizen to Malin as well as the equivalent of Northern Ireland to Australia.

For his latest challenge, Ryan will be joined by his friend Chris McGovern as they take on a ten day cycle covering 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats.

In a message to others, Ryan said:

” In August this year, my plan is to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats along with another madman, Chris McGovern. It has been my dream to do this for a few years now and it seems the time is right to try and raise some money for a charity that is very close to my heart. We have been training very hard during lockdown and we are ready to get out on the road.

I am so grateful to have come through my treatment and be able to share my story with other men. Cancer is something people may be afraid or embarrassed to talk. But talking is very important and people do not do enough of it, especially young men. Cancer can hit anyone at any age and that is why I want to raise awareness to let other people know that early diagnosis and treatment can make a huge difference. It certainly did to me.”

If you would like to support Ryan’s fundraising efforts, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ryan-chris21

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