Ed, Freddie and Sean will be driving across 22 countries – Taking them a third of the way around the planet!

Team Bear Bones consists of Ed, Freddie and Sean, all PhD students at Teddy Hall, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. They’ve all come together to complete this incredible mission in memory of their friend Matthew Greenwood, who passed away from osteosarcoma in 2016. Ed, Freddie and Sean will be driving from Oxford, England to Ulan-Ude, Russia, as a part of the Mongol Rally 2019 starting on July 22nd - A race which you win just by finishing!

Matthew was 21 years old when he was diagnosed osteosarcoma, and given nine months to live. He became bedbound as the cancer destroyed his femur and hip. Matthew decided that if he had a short time left he wasn't going to spend it in a hospital bed and decided to have his leg and some of his hip amputated. This enabled him to explore away from his hospital bed. Very sadly, Matt died before the nine months.

The team will take of this mammoth journey which covers 12,000 miles in a 2005 Skoda Fabia, which they have named Gary.

Ed, Freddie and Sean said;

Throughout the rally, we will raise funds for the Bone Cancer Research Trust and raise awareness of the great work that they do. Too many people know how it feels to lose a friend or loved one to bone cancer. Unfortunately, everyone at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford knows that feeling all too well. Our friend Matthew Greenwood was a third year engineering student at the Hall when he became ill. He was first diagnosed with osteonecrosis but it was later found bone cancer. In March of 2016 he rowed for the top boat at Teddy Hall, and later that summer he was given just 9 months to live.”

Amy Scorer, Challenge Events Fundraising Manager at the Bone Cancer Research Trust said:

We can’t thank Team Bear Bones enough for taking on this incredible challenge for us. Their support is not only raising life-saving funds but also crucial awareness of primary bone cancer. We wish them the best of luck and we can’t wait to hear all about their adventure. We are sure Matthew would be so proud of his amazing friends for taking on this challenge.

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