Just months after completing his medicine degree and qualifying as a doctor, Tom Hunt, based in Altrincham, will embark on the London 2 Paris Cycle in June with his father, Ian, and brother, Alex.

In September 2018, Tom had just completed his A-Levels and was inter-railing with friends on a gap year when he was forced to return early after taking ill. He was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia shortly after and underwent treatment at the Christie Hospital in Manchester over the course of three years before receiving the all clear in early 2022.

Now, having completed his degree at Manchester University, Tom is preparing to take on the 300 miles from London to Paris in a little over two months’ time.

“I go to the gym a lot, so I keep myself in good nick. I go five or six times a week. From being ill, I’m very conscious of looking after myself. I don’t really do much cardio, though, so it’s going to be a shock to the system!”

“I’m trying to cycle at least twice a week and I think it’s coming on pretty decently. Dad is a cyclist, he’s been slacking for a few years but he’s got all the gear! It definitely helps having a nice bike to ride when you’re doing long distance.”

Tom, along with his dad and brother, will be joining over 150 other riders who will be tackling the four-day event in early June to help raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia.

The family believe the experience is a fantastic way to celebrate Tom being four years cancer free and two years treatment free, as well as support others going through a similar life-changing diagnosis.

“I think it’s something that dad always wanted to do, especially when we were younger. However, me and my brother weren’t really interested in cycling that much.”

“For the three of us now, we’ve grown up and we can do it together and have a laugh. It’ll be a nice thing to do, especially after everything we’ve been through.”

“My brother helped out so much when I was ill, dad has obviously been through it looking after me with my mum. It’ll be a nice way to finish that chapter of life and move on.”

It will be a proud moment for Tom’s Father, Ian, to cycle alongside his sons.

“40 years ago this would have been the end for Tom but thanks to developments in the treatment of the disease he has now been cancer-free for four years and treatment free for two.”

“To celebrate this triumph and to support others on a similar journey we are doing this cycle challenge with Cure Leukaemia and our goal is to raise £4,500 as a family, contributing to the essential research so there are more success stories like Toms”

“2024 also marks a special milestone for Tom and Alex.  Tom will qualify as a Doctor in July, a testament to his determination and the support he has received.  Additionally, Alex will complete his degree in Sports Science.”

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