Luke has completed leg 2 of the expedition!
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You can see where Luke is right now on our live tracking page.
Facing Up podcast
My journey has already been full of challenges, which has led me to ask the question “how do we face up to challenges?”.
To understand this better I chat with individuals about how they have dealt with the challenges in their life and, perhaps, even turned them into opportunities.
Click here to go to the Facing Up homepage.
The expedition route
This map shows the current planned route. You can see a live track of where I am in real time by clicking here.
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.
Two years 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 rewrite the narrative of what is possible with a cancer diagnosis and to revel in the present, I am cycling from Bristol to Beijing by tandem – a ride I started 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 share this expedition with friends, people I meet on the way and CanLivers – together showing what’s possible with a cancer diagnosis and providing a source of inspiration for those 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.
I also want to share the stories of those who I meet on the road who have faced up to challenges in a positive way – check out the Facing Up podcast to hear these stories.
We originally aimed 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. Thanks to the generosity of many people, we smashed this initial target one month into the expedition!
Our new fundraising target is £123,000 as we think ever bigger.
For the third (current) leg (Chișinău to Bukhara, Uzbekistan), I have chosen a new regional charity partner – ChildAid to Eastern Europe.
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:
Here’s a short clip from a radio interview I did recently:
This video is from the launch of the expedition on 1st January 2020:
I am thrilled to be raising funds to support several charities that are making a real difference in people’s lives, aligned with the CanLive spirit. The following four charities that do outstanding work in the UK will be my partners throughout the expedition. For more information about them and the regional partner charity (currently ChildAid in Eastern Europe for leg 3) I will be working with along my expedition route, please visit my fundraising page.