Son's 100-mile cycle challenge in mother's memory

By Dayna Farrington | Kingswinford | News | Published:

A Dudley father is taking on a 100-mile cycling challenge in a bid to help fund the fight against the disease that killed his mother.

David Harris

David Harris, 44, from Kingswinford, will take part in the Banks' Round The Wrekin challenge in a bid to raise £2,000 for the Brain Tumour Research Charity.

Setting off from Kingswinford, father-of-two Mr Harris will head towards the Shropshire hills to take in the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and the Wrekin, before returning home, on Sunday, May 19.

David's mother, June Harris, from Stourbridge, died of a secondary brain tumour in 2001, aged 58 years old.

David Harris with his mother June, who died in 2001

He said: "I am excited and anxious about the bike ride but I know it will be an amazing experience. It will all be worth it, knowing that I am helping to bring us closer to a brain tumour cure.

"Losing my mother to a brain tumour opened my eyes to how prevalent this disease is and I was shocked to discover that historically just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease."

David will also be cycling in support of Katie Smith, a brain tumour patient from Stourbridge, who is the sister of his wife's former colleague. Katie has recently undergone chemotherapy to treat her oligoastromcytoma which was diagnosed in 2015.

Despite facing an uncertain future, Katie and her husband, Luke, have set up Brainstom, a fundraising group under the umbrella of Brain Tumour Research Charity. They have set themselves a target of raising £90,000 in one year.

David added: "I am determined to train hard and to raise as much as I can to support patients like Katie and to ensure that my mother's legacy lives on."

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Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.


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