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Cyclists conquer sponsored ride to aid Assington woman with cancer




A team of cyclists rode from Cromer, Norfolk to Assington, Suffolk, to help raise money for Assington resident Kath Lane, who needs an expensive new treatment for pheochromocytoma, a rare form of cancer that she was diagnosed with in 2013. (1972633)
A team of cyclists rode from Cromer, Norfolk to Assington, Suffolk, to help raise money for Assington resident Kath Lane, who needs an expensive new treatment for pheochromocytoma, a rare form of cancer that she was diagnosed with in 2013. (1972633)

An Assington woman with a rare form of cancer says she has been overwhelmed by the support from family and friends, who conquered a marathon cycle ride to help pay for her treatment.

Fundraising events are being organised to help Kath Lane, who was diagnosed with pheochromocytoma in 2013, and now needs a new treatment called lutate, which is not currently funded by the NHS.

The treatment costs £12,000 each time, and Kath has been informed by doctors that, when it is necessary, she will require four rounds of the treatment.

On Sunday, her husband Russ, sons Craig, Gareth and Jake, her husband’s cousin Harry, and friends Richard Ansell, Brian Collins, Neil Herman, Will Jurgens, Josh Smith and Marcus Smith cycled from Cromer to Assington, riding from 9am until 7.15pm, via Attleborough, Finningham and Bildeston.

Supported by Paul Smith, Robert Chambers and Jamie Perry, the cycling team raised £3,800, with more donations still coming in.

Kath told the Free Press: “It was a very proud moment for myself and all involved, and a very emotional day.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far, and to everyone involved on the day.

“The support from everyone has been overwhelming. I cannot thank you all enough.”

The bike ride is one of several fundraisers set up in support of Kath, including an ongoing sponsored slim-a-thon by Fiona Baker and a recent cake sale at Wells Hall Primary School, organised by Chantelle Watson, which raised £111.50.

Rachael Argon and Katie Mathieson will be running the Race for Life on July 15, and Kath says she has also had offers of a race night, a coffee morning, a rounders match and a barbecue, all for her cause.

So far, the fundraising efforts have raised a total of £8,000.



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