My name is Luke. On 19th June 2018 I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. A very aggressive and rare sarcoma. That day I also discovered my lungs were riddled with 13 cancerous nodules.
One year later, after chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, I want to show it is possible to thrive with cancer.
I believe in living. Deeply, fully. In proactively making our lives richer. In boosting our chances of continued good health through exercise and diet and in bringing our hopes and dreams for an uncertain and indeterminate future to now.
To show that cancer is not a barrier and to relish in the present, I will cycle from Bristol to Beijing by tandem, starting on 1st January 2020. The expedition will cover 23,000km, through 24 countries, over mountain passes, through sweeping deserts, experiencing freezing lows and sweltering heat, and meeting people from many walks of life on the way.
I will be joined along the way by other young people with cancer, so together we can inspire others – with, and without, cancer. This forms the basis of my movement, CanLive: powerfully nudging young people with cancer to proactively seek out opportunities to forge a rich and fulfilling life.
We aim to raise a minimum of £23,000 – £1 for every kilometre cycled – for the fantastic charities Trekstock and 5k Your Way, which harness the power of exercise to help people with cancer, and Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent, who have given me amazing support. Please donate to help these organisations continue their amazing work by clicking here:
Here’s a short video which explains the background to the expedition and the CanLive movement:
Throughout this expedition I will be writing a blog, please check it out for the latest news! You can also follow me on social media – see the buttons at the top of this page.