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Michael, 65, cycling to Paris in memory of partner Mark for Bloodwise appeal

PUBLISHED: 16:35 15 September 2017

Michael Kavanagh cycling to Paris in memory of partner who died from lymphoma cancer.

Michael Kavanagh cycling to Paris in memory of partner who died from lymphoma cancer.

Michael Kavanagh

Cycle enthusiast Michael Kavanagh has set off on a 400-mile cycle from his east London home heading for Paris in four days.

The 65-year-old from Mile End hopes to make it to the French capital by Sunday to raise money for the Bloodwise cancer research charity, after the death of his partner.

Michael wants to add more cash to the £3,250 he has already raised for Blood Cancer Awareness Month towards research into more effective treatments for blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

His partner Mark Aspery was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2008 and underwent his first round of chemotherapy before it went into remission—but he relapsed a year later and needed a stem cell transplant.

“He had the transplant and survived what is a terrible treatment,” Michael recalls. “Sadly the disease returned and spread to his brain.”

Mark, A successful lawyer in the City, died in March aged 51.

Michael is cycling to Paris in his memory in the challenge started from Greenwich yesterday with 190 other riders supporting the charity. He is still looking for donations to his online appeal for Bloodwise.

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