RIDING FOR ADAM

Supporting Cancer Research UK so that 3 out of 4 people survive cancer by 2034

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ADAM: OUR INSPIRATION

Adam was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in November 2016.  It was the second time cancer would impact his life.  But cancer would not stop him from living, from loving.  Nor would it cause him to waver in his trust of God.

Adam really disliked the home page photo for one reason: he hated being without his beloved mop of ginger!  But for us, it reveals why he inspires us: That morning he was not in a good mood. He was waiting for a serious operation with lots of recovery time.  And some uncertainty... But we listened and talked, and he knew he was loved which gave him the strength to face whatever lay ahead.  Which led to his smile.  Adam never defined himself by his cancer, but always by how blessed he was.  And this became an example for anyone that knew and loved him.

There are two ways to understand ‘Riding for Adam.’


Riding for Adam.  Every time we ride, we carry Adam with us.  We remember stories, his humour, his embrace of history (we have seen many Roman sites on the way), his New Year’s Eve Hootenanny (family game/quiz night), his love, and especially his faith. We wish he was with us. Yet as we ride we can ‘hear’ him cheer us on…

Riding for
Adam.  Adam is a Hebrew name, which is related to ‘red’ (appropriate, given his hair).  But it also is a generic term for ‘humanity.’  So, when we ride for Adam, we ride for everybody because the benefits of research are universal.  We ride for those whose lives will be changed by cancer, for their families and loved ones.  And our Adam would approve, because he was ‘other’ minded.

We always ride with hope.  We hope for an end to cancer, for a day when cancer becomes an entry in history books.  This hope is no pipe dream, not wishful thinking.  Scientists are blessed with an incredible intelligence and they are discovering ways to make that hope reality.  Hope is based on the trajectory of past discoveries, current developments, and future outcomes.  Or as we find in the Bible, and conflating hope with faith, ‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11.1).

Enjoy the photos.  They are but a small glimpse of his life.  And as you do, see how much he embraced life!

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THE RIDES

1 Hope. 2 Cyclists. 3 Countries. 7,500 Miles. £250,000

NEW YORK CITY TO CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES VIA ROUTE 66 (USA)

Starting 22 August 2022

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THE CATHEDRALS of ENGLAND
(Part 1)

September 2021

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September 2020

THE HIGHLANDS & NORTH COAST OF SCOTLAND

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CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (SPAIN)

September 2019

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JOHN O'GROATS TO LAND'S END (UK)

September 2018

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THE RIDERS

JAMES VAN CLEEF

James is Adam's dad.  Born in the USA, but moved to the UK to marry Penny, the love of his life.  Moved around the UK when working for The Salvation Army, and has also worked in a school in the North West of England.  Now dabbles in gardening, serves in his local church, and helps Penny look after Dad.  Cycling is a recent interest, having been asked by Mark, 'Do you fancy cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats?'  And having forgotten he said, 'Yes.'

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MARK BAYLISS

Mark is Adam's uncle.  Born in the UK, and stayed in the UK to marry Karen, the love of his life.  Has moved around the UK as a chartered surveyor, estates manager, and dedicated teacher.  Also serves his local church.  Visionary. Committed. Authentic.   And really started 'Riding for Adam' with an idea to do something hugely challenging to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  When we reach Santa Monica, CA, Mark says his bike is going over the pier!

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Cancer Research UK Registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666), the Isle of Man (1103) and Jersey (247) A company limited by guarantee. Registered company in England and Wales (4325234) and the Isle of Man (5713F). Registered Office Address: 2 Redman Place, London, E20 1JQ

CANCER RESEARCH UK’s mission is to see the day when all cancers are cured.

Cancer is a global issue and it’s on the rise, with 18.1 million new cases diagnosed in 2018 worldwide and 29.5 million new cases projected for 2040 (IARC Globocan, 2018).

Investing an average of £430 ($500) million per year, Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research. With research spanning six continents, Cancer Research UK believes that only by working together with partners globally will it achieve its mission.

 

Cancer Research UK has helped to:

  • develop 8 of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs

  • prove the link between tobacco and cancer

  • prove the value of screening and early detection

With your help, Cancer Research UK could do so much more.

Click here for more information about sarcoma and Cancer Research UK's work in sarcoma today

 

EVENTS

Afternoon Cream Tea

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Many thanks to all who attended, and supported us

as this event raised £1,317!

(Maybe we'll do it again next year!)

All proceeds to Cancer Research UK in memory of Adam Van Cleef

HOW TO SUPPORT US

DONATE

Online

The easiest way to give is to use the link below. It takes you to our CRUK giving page, and you also have the chance to gift aid (if you are a UK tax payer).

Cancer Research UK Giving Page

Business Sponsorship

Your sponsorship or support will be greatly appreciated, especially as we cover all our own expenses.

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SPREAD THE WORD

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In Person

Tell everyone you know! Tell them about Adam.  Tell them about Mark and James cycling across the USA to raise £250,000 for Cancer Research UK. Ask them if they want to see 3 out of 4 survive cancer by 2034...

SHARE IN THE FUNDRAISING

Supporting fundraising events

We invite you to do some of your own fundraising for 'Riding for Adam' when it is safe to do so. Consider organising a bake sale, or car boot sale, or host a quiz night (Adam loved quizzes).  Set yourself a target (£100, £250, £500, £1,000) and get in touch and tell us what you'd like to do to help

'Riding for Adam.'

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