A 71-year-old cyclist who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and prostate cancer recently overcame astounding odds to raise money for research by completing one of the toughest stages of the Tour de France.
Malcom Davidson was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. During his treatment, it was discovered four years later that he was suffering from mesothelioma as well and only given months to live.
However, despite the grim prognosis, Davidson was determined to do what he could to help aid in the research of both his illnesses. After partnering up with The Prostate Cancer Charity and the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund, he returned to the Cingles du Mont Ventoux – a 136km route of the Tour de France that Lance Armstrong once singled out as one of the tougher routes of the race – to raise money.
“There are days when the full reality of my illness hits me, but I always get up and get on my bike. Cycling is my form of escape, and helps me feel alive,” he said, according ot the Halifax Courier. “Just because I have cancer does not mean I have to stop living.”
Davidson had previously biked the route 13 times. Biking it for the 14th time while suffering from both forms of cancer, he was still able to finish the route in eight hours in 40 minutes.
“It felt amazing to get to that finish line,” he added. “I felt ecstatic during that final ascent, knowing I had completed my challenge, going through those bends at 45mph was fantastic.”
Good luck to Davidson as he continues his treatment, and we applaud his efforts to raise awareness about mesothelioma and mesothelioma research.
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