12:46PM, Tuesday 19 April 2016
A cancer patient from Windsor is taking on a mammoth bike ride after being inspired by the professionals.
Bob Munro, 56, of Grove Road, suffers from Myeloma, a form of rare and incurable bone marrow cancer.
After he was first diagnosed four years ago his treatment meant he spent a lot of time at home and became interested in cycling after watching races on TV.
In 2014 when he felt well enough to start exercising he bought a bike and has not looked back since.
He still takes medication every day but is lucky not to suffer from extreme side effects.
Myeloma is a relapsing and remitting cancer which means it will mutate and the current drugs will be useless.
Bob said: “I thought the only way I can help myself and other Myeloma patients is to raise money.
“I can’t make a new drug but I can raise funds so Myeloma UK can.
“I need them to fight my corner.”
Last year he asked the charity if they ran a London to Paris bike ride and when he found out they did not he encouraged them to.
Now 45 of the 130 riders are family and friends of Bob’s family, including his two sons Ross, 28, and Joe, 25.
His ex colleagues at banking company HiFX based in Bachelors Acre are also taking part in the ride.
The ride will take place from May 4 to May 9 and will cover about 80 miles a day, finishing at the Eiffel Tower.
Bob has set a £5,000 fundraising target. Visit www.justgiving.com/BobMunroMyelomaRide2016 to sponsor him.
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