ADAM: OUR INSPIRATION
Adam was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in November 2016. It was a shock. But he didn't stop living. His plans didn't stop. His education didn't stop. His love for his family and for Rachel didn't stop. His trust in God did not waver.
The home page photo tells it best: That morning he woke up and was not in a good mood. He hated being bald (he loved his great mop of ginger!) and he was waiting for a serious operation with lots of recovery time. And some uncertainty... But we talked, and he laughed and smiled! Because he knew he was loved, and love is the greatest! That was how he faced it all. 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.
Adam will always be our inspiration. He was always keen for his experiences to be used by researchers to help their understanding of cancer, in the development of improved treatments, and to boost survival rates. This outlook, thinking how others could benefit even if he could not, is perhaps the essence of ‘Riding for Adam.’ Whatever money we raise will not be for our Adam, but it will be for all those whose young lives will be changed because of cancer. It is for them, and their families, so they can hold on to the hope that cancer is conquerable.
Enjoy the photos. They are but a small glimpse of his life. And as you do, see how much he embraced life!
1 Hope. 2 Cyclists. 3 Countries. 5,500 Miles. £250,000
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.'
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!
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.
Afternoon Cream Tea
Saturday, 19 June 2021
2:00-3:30 / 3:45-5:15
Selection of finer sandwiches, 2 scones, clotted cream, jam, plus tea or coffee
Places are limited and are 'first come, first served'. Booking essential!
To reserve a place, contact Penny at
All proceeds to Cancer Research UK in memory of Adam Van Cleef
HOW TO SUPPORT US
By Text (UK Only)
To give £5 text 4ADAM5 to 70180
To give £10 text 4ADAM10 to 70180
To give £20 text 4ADAM20 to 70180
To give £30 text 4ADAM30 to 70180
(Cost is standard network rate
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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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