Blood Cancer Patient Morgan Paine Prepares for London2Paris

10th June 2022

Three years after being diagnosed and treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) Morgan Paine is currently preparing to join over 130 other keen fundraisers in just under a weeks time to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.

Morgan was diagnosed with ALL in November 2019, and then underwent an intensive round of treatment and chemotherapy.

He’ll be joining over 130 other cyclists riding from London to Paris over four days, a total of 478km (320 miles) to help raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia, a charity that is very close to Morgan’s heart.

What makes Morgan's challenge more admirable is that the fact that he is still undergoing daily chemotherapy at home with monthly visits to the QE still required - which is due to continue until 2023. To put things into perspective, Morgan will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the QE on Wednesday morning next week before heading to London in the afternoon for the bike ride. 

Morgan recently told us his story and his journey of diagnosis:

“On 21st November 2019 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and was quickly transferred to the Young Persons Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

I'm still not really sure why but on 21st December 2019 I was put into a medically induced coma to try to save my life.

Thankfully even though I was given a very small chance of surviving, I did and I continue to receive the treatment that was researched by Cure Leukaemia at the QE with the support of Teenage Cancer Trust nurses.

When I came out of ITU, I had to learn to walk again but little-by-little over the months that have followed, I have slowly regained large amounts of my former fitness through steady incremental training all whilst still undergoing chemotherapy treatment both daily at home and monthly at the QE hospital.”

Before his diagnosis, Morgan spoke about how fitness, and particularly cycling, paid a huge part of his life. He spoke about the rides that him and his dad had completed previously, and about how he grew up watching the pros cycle the Tour De France.

“Before I was diagnosed, fitness training and cycling were a huge part of my life, so much so that in 2018, my Dad and I rode 1400 miles from 'Rome to Home' to raise money for the West Midlands Air Ambulance.

I would cycle weekly and grew up watching the Tour de France.

Having basically had my fitness reset, as at one point during my treatment, I was placed on life support in an induced coma, cycling now is not as easy as it was before - to get the miles back into your legs, to build the endurance and speed all take time. When I saw that the ride took 4 days and finished in Paris (where I have watched so many cycling greats ride on TV every summer), I knew it would be the perfect challenge to test myself.”

Morgan has been able to get back on the bike and is enjoying being able to go out on some rides in preparation for the challenge, which will take place on June 16th 2022.

“I have been riding every weekend since I entered and have ridden a couple of rides on back-to-back days, to familiarise myself with the sensation of riding on tired legs again.
As I have entered to do the ride with my dad, we have enjoyed doing our training together.”

Having previously completed one big bike ride to help raise funds for a charity, Morgan also enjoys challenging himself, especially for a great cause. He spoke about his motivation to take on such a big challenge, and how he’s feeling ahead of the bike ride.

“I love doing challenges for charity and this charity has become a massive part of my life and survival. As you can understand the gratitude, I have for the work done by this charity is immense. Without the research, treatments and facilities supported and funded by Cure Leukaemia I would not be here today to even contemplate, yet alone ride this bike ride.

I am grateful to be in a position that I can cycle this event and hopefully make some special memories and meet some amazing people.”

Morgan will be cycling alongside his dad as they prepare to set off from Greenwich Park 16th June, and will arrive in Paris four days later on the 20th June 2022.

You can help support Morgan's challenge by donating to his JustGiving page here.

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