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Rich lost his mum to breast cancer and now he is part of the community raising awareness and supporting others.

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Rich: A partner, a friend and a son

Hi, I’m Rich!

I am very active, outgoing, sociable and always on the go. I tend to keep myself very busy with family, friends and in my role as private healthcare manager. I aim to be a source of support in whatever capacity I can.

I love photography, and I’m involved with various sports such as cycling and football (I’m a keen Arsenal fan). I’m seen as a bit of a joker, although my friends and partner of 15-years, Fiona, would probably say that my infamous one-liners are more annoying than funny.

My mum is probably one of the most important parts of who I am. She is forever my inspiration: always supportive of others, always putting them first. She was continually providing a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. I try to live my life like this, carrying on my mum’s values and legacy every day.

She will always be the strongest person I know

My mum, Wendy, was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2006. Five years later she was given the all clear, however in 2015 the cancer had come back, now secondary bone cancer, and in March 2016 my mum sadly passed away.

Over 10 years I saw her go through so much; from the operations, tests, chemo and radiotherapy, to the psychological impact on everyday life. Despite the daily battles, she will always be the strongest person I know.

As you can imagine, I was devastated when my Mum passed because I didn’t think this could ever happen to her. Maybe I was naïve? It has been so hard coming to terms with not seeing my mum again, or not getting to see her become a grandmother (which she would have loved, and been amazing at).

This is why I do what I can to raise money for research and the care of breast cancer patients: so that one day, cancer will be as treatable as the common cold.

A community on hand to help

Since signing up to ride the 2019 Prudential Ride 100 for Breast Cancer Now, I have been overwhelmed with the support and personal interaction from day one. Taking part in wear it pink is my way of giving my own time back and trying to raise as much awareness as I can for such an amazing cause.

Wear it pink is a great opportunity to do something fun, silly and exciting - whether that’s in the workplace, at home or with friends. It’s an important message and the more exposure it can generate can only mean positive outcomes for the future. It’s also a way of letting people with cancer know that they’re not on their own, and that there is a large support community on hand to help.