Eddie Jordan, famed for his phenomenal racing career and unstoppable Formula 1 team, has completed a 236km cycle to support the charity, Teens Unite.
Formula 1 legends including Hill, Mansell, Schumacher (Michael), Senna, Alesi, Barrichello, Boutsen, Fisichella, Frentzen, Herbert, Irvine, Moreno, Schumacher (Ralf), Trulli and Watson have all raced for Eddie.
Aged 69, Eddie cycled alongside teenage cancer survivor, Tyler Bennett, 22 for three days in Tuscany for Teens Unite’s ‘Couch Classic 2017’ challenge. They were joined by an additional 36 cyclists, who all took to the saddle to raise money and awareness for the charity. Over £85,000 was raised from the challenge for Teens Unite.
Tyler, Essex was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, an aggressive blood cancer, at the age of 18. After enduring six months of intensive chemotherapy, Tyler relapsed and had to undergo further treatment, leading to a full bone marrow transplant. A weakened immune system meant Tyler had to overcome numerous infections along the way before entering remission two years ago.
Seven teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Teens Unite is dedicated to uniting young people and rebuilding their lives following a diagnosis and has supported Tyler throughout his battle.
Teens Unite organises workshops and residential stays, where teenagers and young adults can meet others their age who are also overcoming the effects of a cancer diagnosis. They are able to learn new skills, rebuild their confidence and self-esteem and live a life outside of illness.
The charity was founded in 2007 by Debbie Pezzani and Karen Millen OBE and is now launching a capital appeal to open the first, UK mainland retreat for 13-24 year olds whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis. The retreat will offer short-term accommodation and facilitate further workshops and activities, enabling the charity to further its reach.
Speaking of the charity, Tyler has said: “Teens Unite has helped me get back to normal living and participate in activities and days out, which other people my age would be doing.”
After completing the cycling challenge, Tyler expressed his gratitude for the help he has received from Teens Unite: “I made it! After a gruelling few days in Tuscany, I have finally achieved my goal. This charity means so much to me and so many others. Teens Unite helps us achieve what we could have done prior to being diagnosed with cancer. It’s helped me have more confidence and feel less isolated after a long battle locked in a room for months.”
The challenge was sponsored by supporters of Teens Unite; Islandbridge Captial Ltd and Sunseeker London.
For further information on Teens Unite and how you can support the charity’s appeal to open a retreat, visit www.teensunite.org.
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Photos credited to Marie Jordan.