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Fundraisers will cycle from Morecambe to Bridlington in memory of Alison
Inspired by the courage of a 48-year-old mother, three men are to cycle 167 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington to raise cash for three charities.
Among the trio is John Cockcroft, who lost his wife Alison, the mother of Lauren, 21, after a three year battle with melanoma.
John, 48, a director at Skipton Bed and Sofa Centre, will be joined by friends Steven Thornton, 51, an engineer and Andrew Mason, 47, who works at Home and Kitchen in Skipton.
They plan to tackle the Way of the Roses, a coast-to-coast road journey, setting off on Tuesday, August 27, and spending nights in Grassington and York.
They are hoping to raise cash for Manorlands, the Sue Ryder hospice at Oxenhope, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Melanoma Focus.
Alison, John’s wife – they were together 25 years – died on December 19, 2012, after a harrowing 32-month bout of treatment involving operations, one complex and dangerous, chemotherapy, radio therapy and drug treatment.
Her “life-changing” moment came on April 28, 2010, when a mole on the back of her calf started to bleed, said John, of Skipton. It was removed, but found to be 2.4mm thick, borderline dangerous. He said: “Most people have melanomas that are 1mm thick or less. These are unlikely to spread to the lymph nodes and can be cured by an operation”
That was the start of Alison’s journey which despite positive and optimistic times, saw the disease spread to her lymph nodes and her final battle with an infection. John added: “She came home on December 14. The days that followed are very blurred but on December 19 Alison passed away, just 365 days after her dad, leaving all her family and friends with a wealth of memories, the infectious giggle you would hear after she had said something childish, the smile that lit up the room, the endless pranks and just the way she made people relax and smile.”
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