Riding for a Reason in the Epic Lake Hawea mountain bike challenge to support Unicorn Foundation NZ
My name is Andrew Marriott and I have decided to join the Unicorn Riders riding the Lake Hawea Epic in order to raise money to research neuroendocrine cancer, which is an incurable form of cancer.
I have decided to push myself outside my comfort zone in order to raise money for the Unicorn Foundation NZ in the hope of enabling others to have a better future.
My wife Katy had been feeling unwell for some time and in May 2015 our GP admitted her to hospital with a suspected blood clot. Tests showed that there was no blood clot but instead found a neuroendocrine tumour in her small bowel, metastases all through her liver and carcinoid heart disease. This was devastating news as she was only 51 years old. Her condition is most likely inoperable and there is no known cure at this stage. She has four weekly injections which suppress the symptoms and give her a better quality of life. We have adjusted our life style accordingly and hope and pray that one day a cure for this type of cancer will be found with the help of the Unicorn Foundation NZ.
I thank you for your donation and can assure you that this will make a significant difference in the lives of many people diagnosed with this cancer every year.
p.s. Our son Peter is also riding in the event, here is his page link: http://givealittle.co.nz/cause/epicpeter
Neuroendocrine Cancer NZ (formerly Unicorn Foundation NZ) is a registered charity provides support and information to patients, families and medical professionals involved in the treatment for Neuroendocrine Tumours (NET Cancer).