Chris’
story

Chris Grady is celebrating her 60th birthday in 2016 with the ride of her life: Chris knows that taking part in the Myeloma UK London Paris Ride is the closest a keen amateur cyclist can get to a professional rider experience. As if that wasn’t motivation enough, Chris is once again raising funds for Myeloma UK, which has been a source of support for Chris and her family.

Chris’ brother Michael was diagnosed with myeloma in October 2010. Having had
high-dose therapy and a stem cell transplant in 2012, Michael is having a period of stability. He recently enjoyed a few days’ sailing off the south coast of Cornwall and took his sister Chris along for the experience.

When she’s not acting as Michael’s deck hand Chris likes to keep busy with golf, gardening, volunteering in the local hospital’s A&E department and, of course, cycling.

Chris and her cycle partner Alli Taylor meet up every year for a catch-up over their handlebars. Last year, the women cycled from Newcastle to Edinburgh; this year, they’re preparing for the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast ride in September.

These long distance rides will give Chris a good base from which to train for the ride of her life from London to Paris next May. Chris used to work in the travel industry and is particularly looking forward to the France-based part of the ride.

She added, “I was amazed at the support shown by our friends and family in helping me reach my last fundraising target. The money we raise means Myeloma UK can fund research and services that help people like Michael live longer and with a better quality of life.”

Join Chris and celebrate a major milestone with our ride.

With full support crew including sports therapists and mechanical maintenance, I know we’ll be very well looked after throughout the ride. This will be a memorable way to mark my 60th year.” Chris Grady, sister of a patient and cyclist

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