Riders saddle up to show support to cancer fighter

Team: Tongy's Barmy Army led by Ian's brother Brian, second from right
Team: Tongy's Barmy Army led by Ian's brother Brian, second from right
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A kind-hearted brother and a team of pals will embark on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride tomorrow.

Brian Tong, 39 , from Farington Moss, will set out on the 60 mile challenge with a twofold mission – to raise money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and as a show of love and support for his younger brother Ian.

Ian, 31, from Bamber Bridge, became ill last November while doing DIY at the home he shares with his fiancée, four-year-old son and baby, and 12 weeks ago he was told he has an aggressive type of blood cancer.

Since then, Ian, a self-employed street lighting and signage contractor, has undergone out and in-patient chemotherapy at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has had to go on dialysis but doctors are to start him on a new medicine, which they are hopeful will help him battle his condition.

When Brian, who owns Leyland Motor Centre, starts his cycle, he won’t be alone. He and friend Allen Blake, of Clayton-le-Woods, a sales manager at Wigan’s Corkill’s Volkswagens, will form a 20-strong team of family and friends.

Brian said: “We are hoping that we’ll raise awareness of Rosemere Cancer Foundation and about £2,000 to help the charity’s work but more than that, we want to show Ian that we are with him all the way.”

“You realise that life’s not about having millions of pounds in the bank but rather, good health. We’re all staying positive for Ian. Before he became ill, he was a fit guy and we’re hopeful that the treatment he’s about to start will work for him.”

The team is being supported by Bradley Demolition, which is loaning it a minibus.

Visit: www.justgiving.com/iantongsbarmyarmy