A CANCER nurse is going to be swapping her iconic Harley Davidson for a simple pushbike.
Nurse Jane Coombs, from Clanfield, will be cycling just under 285 miles in a fundraising drive for Myeloma UK.
Myeloma UK is a charity that conducts research into the causes and treatments of Myeloma, a bone type of cancer that affects around 4,800 people each year.
It is a type of cancer in which cells of the disease multiply in the plasma, a type of white blood cell, found in bone marrow.
Symptoms of the cancer include a persistent dull aching in specific areas of the bones, weak bones that break and fracture easily, tiredness, weakness and shortness of breath which is caused by an iron deficiency in the blood, repeated infections and, in a handful more extreme and rare cases, strange bruising and bleeding such as nose bleeds, bleeding gums and heavy periods.
Jane works at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, as one of the main cancer nurses on the site.
She says that although she might be slightly concerned about her fitness levels, she is determined to do everything she can to complete this incredible challenge.
Jane said: ‘I am certainly not a fitness pro, so to speak, and I haven’t ridden a bicycle for a good many years – at least 40 years, in fact.
‘Nine years ago I lost my sister in law to Amyloid/Myeloma and I have taken up this challenge in her memory. She was one of the most caring, kindest people I have ever known.
‘She was always there for everybody.
‘I see patients receiving drugs that have a much greater effect than a few years ago, and really want to make a difference.’
Jane is riding from London to Paris in May and is holding other fundraisers alongside in order to raise money.
If people would like to donate to Jane, they can visit justgiving.com/fundraising/jane-coombs2
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