Teenager Joe takes on mammoth 100 mile cycle challenge

On Sunday 16th August, 18-year-old Joe Lunn, who is battling a rare form of cancer, took on a 100-mile cycle challenge at home to raise funds for Rays of Sunshine.

Joe is currently battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer; Metastatic Synovial Sarcoma. Due to his diagnosis, he has had to endure multiple intense rounds of chemotherapy and underwent major surgery in December 2019 to remove all of the tumours that were present at the time. This surgery resulted in Joe and his family spending Christmas Day in hospital and he made a truly remarkable recovery.

The teen was due to be taking part in both the London Marathon and Prudential Ride London for the charity, but after receiving some heart-breaking health news that his tumours have returned and both events being postponed to 2021, in true ‘warrior style’ Joe decided to take on his own challenge ‘100 miles for 1,000 smiles.’ 

His mum, Antionetta Lunn, comments:

“Those that have followed Joseph’s journey with us know only too well what Rays of Sunshine has done for him and for us as a family. The smiles they bring to every wish child is immeasurable and this is Joseph’s way of saying thank you and to ensure that there are other children that benefit for the work that they do, as he has.”

Joe adds:

“Rays of Sunshine have been incredibly supportive of me and my family, while I continue to receive treatment for cancer. This is about me giving something back and I am so grateful to everyone who supported me.”

Joe has completely blown us away and has raised an incredible £15,020 – over three times his original target! We are incredibly proud and grateful to Joe and if you still want to support him, you can donate by visiting his JustGiving page here.

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