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Bike challenge in aid of ‘brave’ Ben

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 14, 2013

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TWELVE friends are set to get on their bikes in an effort to raise £25,000 for a cancer charity using their friend who is battling the disease as inspiration.

Ali Pryce and 11 others are set to cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust after being spurred on by the story on Ben Murphy (pictured).

The 24-year-old, of Newborough, had to have his leg amputated last year after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

The fund-raising bid will take place on August 11 and all funds will be handed to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Mr Pryce told the Mail: “The reason we’re doing this is because the trust has provided fantastic support to our friend, Ben Murphy.

“The ride is just over nine weeks away, so we’re really trying to increase awareness to help us achieve our £25,000 fund-raising target.”

Ben attended Needwood Primary School and John Taylor High School before graduating from Plymouth University with a degree in Geography.

The nurse scheduler at Burton-based Healthcare at Home originally thought that he had just hurt his knee afters years of playing football but after a several hospital visits last year he was told the devastating news – he had cancer.

He underwent chemotherapy and then had to have his leg amputated after doctors found that the tumour had spread from bone to tissue.

Ben is supported by his father Greg, 54, a plant manager, mother Bev, 52, an occupational therapist, twin brother Sam, who works in hotel hospitality, and sister Kathy, 21, an event management student at Plymouth University.

Mr Pryce added: “Despite the obvious difficulties that Ben has faced he’s had an admirably positive outlook on life.”

More information is available by visiting www.murphmania.co.uk, www.facebook.com/murph.mania.5 or www.justgiving.com/murphmania

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