Saddling up for city blood cancer appeal

Jenny Down
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A Sheffield researcher is saddling up for a 100 mile bike ride to raise cash for a major Sheffield Hospitals Charity appeal.

Jenny Down is one of a crack team researching new drugs and therapies for the treatment of myeloma at the city’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, putting her on the frontline of the fight against the incureable blood cancer.

And now Jenny, aged 53, of Killamarsh, is taking on the Prudential RideLondon this July - the largest annual cycling fundraising event in the world, involving a massive 100 mile circuit across the country’s capital.

Jenny said: “I started cycling regularly last year and I have gradually improved, I used to struggle to cycle 20 miles but now I can cycle 40 miles regularly.

“I will need to train for this event, which means I will have to start increasing my mileage very soon. I plan to cycle into work a couple of times a week andI will also have to do longer cycles on a weekend and maybe even forgo the café stop.

“I am hoping to raise as much as possible for the Cure Myeloma Appeal. My role involves researching new drugs and therapies for the treatment of myeloma, and myeloma associated bone disease. Currently, myeloma can be held in remission, but there is no cure.

“If we can identify new therapies for myeloma and the debilitating, painful bone disease associated with it, we will improve the quality of life for many patients. We are the only team to be doing this research and it’s because of this I see what a difference fundraising, however small, can make.

Visit visit www.sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk/curemyeloma for details, or to donate.