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PHOTOS: How a Cornish dad is fighting bone cancer

PHOTOS: How a Cornish dad is fighting bone cancer

Published by Emma Carton at 8:20am 11th May 2018. (Updated at 11:47am 11th May 2018)

A Cornish dad is gearing up to cycle from Launceston to London as he battles a rare type of bone cancer.

Gareth Lancaster first noticed a pain in his pelvis last year, which turned out to be an aggressive strain of Sarcoma.

In fact, the strain is so rare, figures show only five hundred people a year are diagnosed in the UK.

Now Gareth, who has undergone major surgery and radiotherapy, is hoping the ride will raise thousands of pounds for charity.

At the moment, his Just Giving page has raised just over £9,000, smashing the initial target of £4,000.

Gareth told Pirate FM: "About this time last year I had a bit of pain in my hip. I soldiered on for a few days before my partner Hayley told me that I had to go and see a GP.

"I had an x-ray and there was a massive tumour growing in my pelvis. They took it out - although it's come back.

"The one thing that I did before was a lot of cycling and it's not too bad afterwards.

"I can't run now. I can sort of do a fast hobble but not run any more but cycling, although it's tough, it is sitting down and just moving your legs around in a circle".

Gareth's friend Eleanor got in touch with Pirate FM to raise awareness of his appeal, describing him as a man on a mission.

Scorching in Lanson, not bad in Bude... Thick ol' mist at Widdy #bikelife

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Eleanor said: "About 18 months ago, Gareth went to the doctor with what he thought was a odd persistent ache in his pelvis and turned out to be an aggressive and rare form of cancer called Sarcoma".

Eleanor added: "Gareth under went major surgery to rid himself of this awful disease, but throughout the whole ordeal he was upbeat, humorous, showing kindness to others (giving his Leopallooza tickets away because he was recovering, to whoever gave him the best reason why they should have them), helping out with community litter picks, pitching in to help build local facilities etc.

"He was an absolute inspiration to everyone around him and was determined to win the fight.

"As a keen and committed cyclist, once he recovered Gareth then set out on a mission to raise money and awareness of the rare form of cancer he had by riding from Launceston to London on his bike less than a year after he had major surgery".


A post shared by Gareth Lancaster (@gareth.lancaster) on

She continued: "Gareth's story has played out mostly over Facebook and we all try and keep up with his story there, his regular check ups, how the bike riding training is going, the total so far for sponsorship etc.

"So we were all devastated to hear this weekend that his cancer is back and has spread significantly.

"He will need huge and significant further surgery and yet this weekend he rode 85 miles for his training and is STILL pushing forward on the Launceston to London bike ride.

"I wanted to bring your attention to this phenomenal man because he is fighting with every inch of his being, he is determined to beat this, and selflessly raising money for charity when he is facing the most challenging of times than many of us will never face. He remains cheerful, humorous, kind, generous and he is an absolutely inspiration person".

You can read more about Gareth's story and find out how to donate to his incredible challenge here.

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