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Women V Cancer Ride the Night participants high fiving in celebration of conquering a 100 km cycling challenge in London to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action, Breast Cancer Care and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

I'm riding the night to make the people we've lost proud: Carol's story

Following a tough 2017, forty-four year old Carol McEvoy from Surrey and a group of her close friends will tackle the streets of London to take part in Ride the Night and help raise valuable money to help put an end to cancer. Here, Carol tells us her story.

The five-strong group have all had family and friends affected by cancer and have decided to take on the 100 km cycling challenge to do something enjoyable and fun that those they’ve lost would be proud of.

Cancer was a cruel focal point in Carol’s life last year, sadly losing her mother-in-law to a three-year battle with skin cancer, as well as losing her close friend, Jo, whom she’d known since they both fell pregnant with their children fourteen years ago.

Carol comments: “Ride the Night has come at a perfect time for our group and we decided now was the time to do something collectively that’s both enjoyable and something that the people we have lost would be proud of.”

“My friend Jo meant the world to me and the loss has been devastating,” Carol added. “She has left behind her husband and two children, 14 and 10 years old. On top of this, my wonderful mother (aged 73) was diagnosed with peritoneal/ ovarian cancer in June and has been through chemotherapy, which has worked to a level, but is now living with cancer as opposed to having the option of it being removed.”

The five friends are deep in training and have really enjoyed the team spirit, supporting one another through their training.

Carol said: “We are looking forward to meeting thousands of other inspiring women at Ride the Night and feeling the camaraderie as we take on this challenge together.”

Time has run out to join Carol for Ride The Night 2018 - but registration for 2019 will soon be open! Register your interest by emailing events@dream-challenges.com.

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