In 2019 I lost my mum, Heather, to adenocarcinoma EGFR mutation lung cancer. She had just turned 54.

Mum had never smoked; she was a happy, healthy person who loved life, so learning that she had lung cancer was a complete shock, I’d always assumed it was only people who smoked that got this awful disease.

Unfortunately, once we found out about mum's cancer it was inoperable. This is the same story for so many others and why research into early diagnosis is crucial.

Gwyn ParryFamily of Victim

At the moment there aren’t enough drugs out there for these types of cancer. After my mum passed I heard about the Ruth Strauss Foundation being set up to fund research for these particular lung cancers and approached the charity about raising money. This year I will be taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, cycling 980 miles from Lands End to John O’ Groats to raise awareness and money to fund research into new drugs, early diagnosis, and support for other families affected by this awful disease.

My mum was such a kind person who always put other’s needs before her own, even in knowing she was very poorly she still wanted to soldier on and make the most of what life she had left. I am not a cyclist and realise that this is not an easy challenge, but I would like to think that she will be with me on this ambitious ride.

Story by Gwyn Parry