‘Life doesn’t have to be over with cancer’

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Tim Stokes, pictured centre, cycled 109 miles from Morecambe to York, with his brothers-in-law, Kevin Browne and Michael Stuart. Submitted pic.

A MAN with terminal cancer, who was given just months to live, cycled 109 miles along a coast-to-coast route, for charity.

Father of three Tim Stokes, from Moreton Morrell, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a lung cancer caused by asbestos he inhaled 40 years ago, while he was an apprentice engineer.

The 60-year-old completed his charity ride on Saturday, 9th September, raising more than £4,600 for the Mesothelioma UK Charity and The Mavis Nye Foundation.

He took part in the ride on an electronic bike, to inspire people living with terminal cancer that their life doesn’t have to be over.

Tim cycled with his two brothers-in-law, Kevin Browne and Michael Stuart, stopping in Giggleswick on the first night and in Pateley Bridge, in Harefield, on the second night.

Speaking about the bike ride, Tim said: “The ride was brilliant. The first two days were very hilly and picturesque. With my Giant Road E+2 I got to the top of all the big hills first – an amazing feeling.

“I still had to pedal hard and breathing was laboured but the bike helped so much and made me feel 18 again.”

The Mesothelioma has destroyed one of Tim’s lungs, and chemotherapy has damaged the muscles in his legs, making his feet numb and his hands insensitive.

He is registered disabled and told the Herald: “The chemo and excellent care I’ve had has kept me alive way beyond the three months I was given in 2015.

“I thought I would have to learn how to die with dignity, but the amazing thing with a terminal disease is you learn to live with your cancer – and I really mean live.”

He added: “My ride is to stop people with terminal cancer from thinking their life is over. Don’t fear cancer.”

Tim is also raising awareness of the dangers pupils face in school with asbestos exposure, encouraging parents to ask schools about asbestos.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Tim-Stokes8

To watch his video souvenir from the ride, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcGLbzpmtdw&feature=youtu.be