4Challenge is one way of standing alongside those going through unimaginable suffering - a way of making a tangible difference and helping families just like The Whites. 

Catherine White has 2 children, Jack Thomas and Isabelle Mae. Catherine lost her husband, Neil, to skin cancer in August 2015. Neil was diagnosed with skin cancer back in 2003, just before he married Catherine, but after successful surgery and treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Neil was given the all clear and continued to live his life to the full. 

But in March 2015, after experiencing bad migraines, Neil visited the doctor who carried out further tests and confirmed the worst - the cancer had returned and this time it was terminal. Neil was referred to Weston Park Hospital to begin treatment to keep further spreading of the disease at bay, but sadly just 5 months later Neil's cancer became too aggressive for him to fight and he passed away at the age of 38.

Catherine, a Teaching Assistant at Tickhill Estfeld Primary School said:

We just can’t thank the staff at Weston Park Hospital enough for all they did for us and Neil throughout his final months. Although they weren’t able to save Neil, they were incredibly kind and caring from the day we arrived and really made us all feel at ease and confident that Neil was in the best hands.

Despite the difficult diagnosis, the White family spent their precious final months trying to raise funds for various charities in hope of preventing other families going through the same turmoil. They have continued to fundraise in Neil’s memory and his daughter Isabelle recently held a cake sale raising over £340 for Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Anything we can do to raise awareness of skin cancer is a positive step for us. If only 1 person learns something from our story then we will have at least accomplished something good from this terrible loss.

Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and Weston Park Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for the hospital to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer.

This is why the 4Challenge riders took to their bikes, and this is why we are asking you to make a final donation to the 4Challenge cause. Cancer touches us all. Please be part of making the difference. 

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