Cycling enthusiast Steve Luck from Wallingford, Oxfordshire will be taking on a colossal challenge in memory of Alex Lewis, a young man who passed away from osteosarcoma days after his 22nd birthday.
He will be cycling from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland starting on 22nd May to Lewes in East Sussex, a route which will see him cover 800 miles in just 8 days.
Steve is a close friend of Alex’s father Andy Lewis, a trustee of the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Commenting on his friend’s triumphant efforts, Andy said:
Shortly before we lost our son Alex to bone cancer, he talked about ideas for fundraising and the idea of biking between two places that have meaning for us came up, such as Lewis and Lewes. Alex was too unwell to take on the challenge himself, but the idea of the Lewis to Lewes bike ride was established and sparked our good friend Steve into doing it. This is a mammoth effort by Steve and one which is truly awesome. Please support him if you can; it really is appreciated.
Reflecting on the challenge ahead, Steve said:
I know this is a ride that Alex would like to have done himself. I took up the baton with the intention of doing the ride nearly seven years ago, but I was diagnosed with cancer and then the lockdowns stopped me in my tracks. Now fully recovered but older, nearer 70 than 68, I am excited about taking on the challenge in Alex’s memory.
Alex sadly passed away on 17th February 2011. His diagnosis was delivered by specialists after he suffered recurrent pain in his arm when he was only 17 years old. An avid player of tennis and football, Alex originally put the pain down to muscle injuries.
Despite intense chemotherapy and his left humerus being replaced with a metal prosthesis, further surgery and radiotherapy, tumours continued to spread throughout his body. By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread to his lungs.
If you would like to follow Steve’s journey and support him, please visit his JustGiving Page below:
To find out more about the Alex Lewis Memorial Fund, a Special Fund of the Bone Cancer Research Trust visit: