Thirusha and David’s
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Thirusha and David have worked closely with Myeloma UK to treat AL amyloidosis and are taking on the ride to show support for David’s father who is a myeloma patient.

Thirusha Lane and David Hutt are strong Myeloma UK supporters thanks to the organisation’s support of AL amyloidosis treatment.

43 year old Thirusha is the Lead Nurse at the UK National Amyloidosis Centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London, “Myeloma UK is a wonderful, patient focused charity which does a great deal for patients with myeloma and AL amyloidosis. They funded the UK’s first specialist nurse service for AL amyloidosis patients in 2009. Since then Myeloma UK has initiated an Infoline and an annual patient and carer Infoday, and also produce material to help educate both healthcare professionals and patients alike.”

“While I am very thankful for the help Myeloma UK has given in my role as a nurse, my partner David and I signed up to take part in the London Paris Ride because his family has been touched by myeloma.”

David Hutt explains, “My father was diagnosed with myeloma 8 years ago. The fact that he is still alive today is testament to the great work being done all around the world to find new treatments. Thirusha and I can think of nothing more personally rewarding than doing this bike ride to raise money for a fantastic charity like Myeloma UK.”

Thirusha says the pair love to cycle, “David and I cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to fundraise for charity but before attempting that challenge, I was a complete novice! I had never owned a bike as an adult. It really gave us the biking bug and we were really excited at the opportunity to get back in the saddle for such a worthy cause.”

Training at the start of the year was slow, especially for Thirusha, “It has been so cold over the last two months, my training has mainly been in the gym building up core muscles and endurance training on spin bikes.”

When it comes to the ride, David and Thirusha say they are excited but know their nerves are likely to kick-in soon. Thirusha explains, “I’m mostly nervous about being in good enough shape, keeping up with the peloton and most of all, the hills…but I am sure these are the same worries all the riders are having. I’m keeping my mind focussed on riding down the Champs-Élysées.”

To help Thirusha and David’s campaign, you can visit their JustGiving page.

Thirusha and I can think of nothing more personally rewarding than doing this bike ride to raise money for a fantastic charity like Myeloma UK.” David Hutt

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