Here To There (H2T) Cycle Challenge

By Andrew Bloxsom

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I’ve taken a stand against blood cancer and mental wellbeing

For those that aren’t aware this year sees 5 years that I’ve been living with Leukaemia since being diagnosed, through a routine checkup, back in May 2016. Through this and the journey that both myself and my family have had to experience, I’m pinching a phase from long distance cycling machine and friend Rupert Guinness, this year will see me using the “Power of the Pedal” to not just help myself but many.

Hearing the words “you have blood cancer” turns lives upside down, as my family has experienced firsthand. These first hand experiences of mine include items like a suicide attempt, mental breakdown, isolation, reduction in mental capacity, struggling to focus at work, long term depression, bullying of my kids and just the different way that people treat you as you have the “cancer” word linked to you. On top of having to adjust to all the medications.

Blood cancer creates a scary, uncertain future filled with difficult decisions.  It threatens to steal from people the one thing they need most during the months and sometimes years of treatment… hope, which I know about as I went through a long period of time where I thought my family was better off without me being alive.  However through the amazing support of many, including the love of my family and friends, the healthcare system linked to the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Leukaemia Foundation I’ve been able to turn this around.

So to all of you…we can all change this! And I’m trying to…and this is not just for people with a blood cancer but the numerous types of diseases and mental battles out there. This includes just dealing with this Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of this and to continue something that I love to do and has been a significant part of my mental and physical health plan in my management of Leukaemia, which is cycling, we are going to be taking many pedal strokes to tackle this.

The “we” being myself, my brother (Matt) and my mate (Shannon Moir). We are really putting ourselves out there is year by cycling from Sydney to Brisbane leaving on Saturday 18th September 2021. This journey will see us cycle nearly 1200kms in eight days taking us through some great little towns up the NSW and QLD coastal regions to arrive in Brisbane on Saturday 25th September 2021.  We will be lucky to have some people join us for a day here and there and also my wife Tracey, for the final three days as we leave from Grafton for our remaining 470kms.

N.B. This is all pending border lockdowns otherwise I will be tackling a journey on my own, as Matt is in Queensland and Shannon in Victoria, which will see me tackle just over 1300kms in eight days throughout Sydney…not the ideal but with this pandemic you need to have a Plan B.

To tackle these #mentalmiles that we will be covering needs a lot of preparation and this training and mental battles are a significant part of giving me back my hope and also making me a better person, husband, father and friend. The medical advancements in the blood cancer space have been amazing but I truly have benefited the most from the mental support provided to me through the Leukaemia Foundation.

Through this challenge we are raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation, which is a cause that I care deeply for and your donation to our fundraising page means the world to me.    

Event Information

Saturday 18th September 06:00 - 15:00

My Achievements

Congrats! You've hit your goal!

$80 raised - you've given a family a night of emergency accommodation!

You've covered genetic testing!

You've given a family a whole weeks accommodation near treatment

$1,000 raised - you've made a tube gene test with state-of-the-art-technology possible

You've covered 3 months of lab costs for vital blood cancer research

You've fund life changing research for 3 months