Team Cycle Breast to Breast

09 May 2022
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The St George’s Breast Surgery team are cycling 260miles from the Rose centre at St George’s to the ACC Conference Centre in Liverpool in order to attend their annual Association of Breast Surgery conference and raise money for Breast Surgery Research at St George’s.

At St George’s, the Breast Unit has a strong track record of surgical research. They are actively recruiting patients into a number studies including MargEx (patient experience of margin re-excision after breast conserving surgery), LRAB (Local Recurrence After Breast conservation) and the second National Margins Audit. The team aims to use the funds they raise to support this area of work, including much needed research into improving patient experience of breast cancer surgery and research to support the introduction of new technologies to improve breast cancer surgery.

Although they are a team of eight novice cyclists and supporters, some that haven’t cycled more than 10 miles in a day, they are excited to take on the challenge.

Day three of the bike ride will be through the Peak District where they will be tackling some big climbs but also beautiful views and Sarah Tang, Consultant Surgeon who is leading the team said:  "I am both nervous and excited about the bike ride. It is a very long distance and I really hope my old legs survive the journey, especially the big climbs.

"Thanks to the NHS cycle scheme, I am now the owner of a stunning new endurance road bike which has definitely helped the training. I am cycling every opportunity I can - commuting to work, cycling the kids to school, and cycling to the shops. I’m taking on regular 30-mile local rides and clocking some time on a static bike."

She added: "I am so grateful for the support we have received so far. We are fortunate to have received sponsorship from three medical device companies: Q Medical, Endomag, and Raise Healthcare.

"This money will be used to support the team during the event, to cover our accommodation costs, support vehicle, and food. Most people think that we are crazy to take this on but the size of the challenge is definitely generating some publicity and donations! If you haven’t donated yet, please do so!"

They have already raised an incredible £3.969 but would love to smash their target to raise funds for this hugely important, and currently underfunded, area of research into surgical projects, you can donate here!

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