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by Shane Stokes
March 13, 2018
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Seeking to raise money for the fight against the disease which his wife battled against, an Irish cyclist has launched a fundraising initiative which he hopes will raise €2,000. Patrick Rowe, of Wexford, Ireland, is aiming to ride solo from Donegal town to Wexford town in 24 hours on July 30, covering 380 kilometres in the process.
“In 2006 my wife, Esther Rowe, underwent treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the Denis Burkitt ward of St. James Hospital,” he states on the Go Fund Me site. “ALL is an aggressive form of Leukemia and can develop very quickly. The staff of Burkitts ward saved her life and without the treatment she would not have lived to see her four grandchildren be born, which was her dream.
“Sadly she passed away in January 2016, but we got to spend another 10 years with her thanks to her treatment. Treatment for this disease is very expensive so every penny donated could help more people live to see their dreams come true.”
Rowe said that the funds will be donated to the same ward which helped his wife. “The distance is not the only reason I chose Donegal as my start destination,” he said. “It’s because it holds a special place in my heart. It was our favourite place to go on holiday and I have many happy memories of us together there.”
To donate and thus help Patrick with his fundraising, please click through to here.