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Kevin Cozens is set to take on the 500km challenge of cycling London 2 Paris 2023 to help raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia.
Since he was diagnosed 12 years ago Kevin has been living with CLL and is currently on ‘watch and wait’, and his wife, Karen, was also diagnosed with CML and received a stem-cell transplant from her brother, and thankfully has since made a full recovery.
Kevin Cozens will be taking on the challenge of cycling the 500km bike ride, and he’ll not only be joined by 150 other riders, but also be supported by his brother-in-law, Kevin Browne.
Kevin Cozens spoke about how when he was first diagnosed, he took up cycling to stay fit and healthy, and is now excited at the chance to use cycling for good and to help raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia to help other patients like his sister.
“I was diagnosed with CLL around 12 years ago and decided to take up cycling to lose weight and get fitter and healthier to help battle this condition!
My wife Karen was also diagnosed with CML in 1998 and had a stem cell transplant in 1999 and has since made a full recovery.
I am trying to raise money for Cure Leukaemia so they can help lots more people in their battle with this disease.”
Taking on this challenge is no small feat, and requires some training and preparation before hand.
Kevin spoke about how he’s feeling about the training, and how he’s feeling ahead of the ride in June:
“I am feeling the best I’ve felt in years as I try and eat healthy and exercise – probably more than I should once you get the cycling bug it takes over!
Training is going well I train indoors as well as out commuting to work around 30 miles round trip when I can.
I have booked in on a training camp in Spain called CHS where I have been going yearly for the last 6 years to ride – it’s great climbing practice for sure!
I have done a bit of fundraising for leukaemia over the years with a couple of ride London 100 miles under my belt.
It’s a fantastic cause and one very close to me and my wife.”