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Ex-Glossop rugby player in London to Paris charity bike ride
Thursday 28th April 2016 @ 15:16 by Adam Higgins

A former rugby player struck down by a terminal illness five years ago is taking part in a 500k London to Paris bike ride.

And 56-year-old Steve Goddard, from Glossop, is determined to enjoy every minute of the four day experience.

The former deputy head of St Thomas More School, Denton, was diagnosed with Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, in March 2011.

Life expectancy is somewhat reduced, but longer periods of remission are being obtained through new treatments discovered through research.

Steve, currently being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary, is in remission following a successful unrelated donor stem cell transplant in August 2012.

He said: “I am now concentrating on enjoying life and raising money for cancer charities.”

One of the charities is Myeloma UK, which supports patients and families with Myeloma as well as funding research into new treatments.

Like many lesser known charities  it needs as much help as possible to carry out its valuable work, which is why Steve will join around 150 other riders on May 5 for the MyelomaUk London to Paris cash raising ride.

“We will be covering 80 miles on average per day,” said Steve, a former member of Glossop Rugby Club.

The ride slogan is “Making Myeloma history” and Steve hopes that cash raised from it will help do just that.

Donations can be made at /www.just


By David Jones