The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is an extraordinary 100-mile bike ride which takes riders through the capital and out into Surrey’s stunning countryside, before returning to London and finishing on The Mall. Thousands of cyclists – many of them riding for charity – undertake this gruelling challenge, each of them with their own motivation. Riding for his son George, this is John and eight other dad’s fundraising story.
Ten-year-old George Shippey was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) just over a year ago. “Our whole world was shattered beyond belief,” says his father, John, who’s joined forces with eight other dads from Billericay, Essex, to compete in Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon.
“Fifteen months on from that fateful day George has coped remarkably well with this condition,” John continues, who’s named his Prudential RideLondon team Cure4George. “He has not let it beat him: he enjoys karate and even competed in the National Championships this June. He has to undertake regular physiotherapy stretches, wears splints at night and has to take steroids to prolong the time before this disease takes hold of his body.”
Nobody can control what this heartbreaking disease is doing to George or the other people suffering from DMD, so we are seeking to raise as much money as possible to fund medical research to find that cure”, says John.
“Scientists believe that we are closer than ever and that we may have a breakthrough within the next five years. We pray with all our hearts that this will happen and will provide the opportunity to extend both George’s life and all within the Duchenne community.”
Help the team tackle Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Despite being classified as a rare disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children around the world. There are around 2,500 patients in the UK and an estimated 300,000 sufferers worldwide.
Children born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy struggle to produce dystrophin, a protein that is vital for muscle strength and function. This results in a progressive deterioration of muscle strength and organ function, most prominently the heart. Sufferers are expected to be permanently wheelchair-bound by the age of 12 and unlikely to live to 30. At present DMD is 100 percent fatal, but charities such as Harrison’s Fund are searching for a cure and the Cure4George team want to help them.
Riding this Sunday for Harrison’s Fund, the Cure4George team are seeking to help support finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) – a life-limiting muscle-wasting disease with no known cure. You can help the Cure4George team help Harrison’s Fund here.