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20 Bikers and An Elephant in York Today

Elly the elephant

9:29am 4th September 2014

A giant elephant and 20 bikers will be turning heads in York today week as they rev their rides to raise awareness of childhood cancer. For this September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, NCCA UK is giving children with cancer a voice through its Long Way to Go event. Long Way to Go is an international motorcycle ride which sees a biking convoy escorting an 8ft elephant covered in pictures of children affected by cancer. The tour takes in locations of importance to young people with cancer all over the UK and Ireland.
The message- there's a Long Way to Go…to cure childhood cancer.
Treatments for childhood cancer must become more effective and there is an immediate need to increase scientific understanding of the disease in children. With more research and innovation more children will survive cancer.
The NCCA UK supported York boy Jamie Inglis, who lost his life to the aggressive caner neuroblastoma.
The convoy will be stopping at York Minster to meet Jamie's mum, Vicky Inglis, who has devoted her career to helping others affected by childhood cancer.
Vicky explained:  "When Jamie relapsed and was extremely poorly, we ran out of options in the UK and turned to the NCCA UK to help us access the potentially life-saving treatment Jamie needed abroad. Unfortunately our beautiful son passed away however, many families still have hope. Childhood cancer is not a death certificate many children do get through it. However, more funds and research need to be allocated to drive forward positive change."

NCCA UK's Chief Executive, Bettina Bungay-Balwah, added that: "We do have a long way to go before the unthinkable situation of losing children to cancer is a thing of the past, but the improvements made over the last twenty years give us legitimate hope. Long Way to Go is all about highlighting the need to build on these successes."

For more information about the ride please visit www.lwtg4childhoodcancer.co.uk.
Long Way to Go is sponsored by BikeSure. The NCCA UK would also like to thank Carl Rosner Motorcycles who provided Triumph motorbikes.

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