June 11, 2013 9.24 am This story is over 130 months old

Lincoln cyclist raises money for breast cancer charity

Raising awareness: A cycling duo will pedal from Lincoln to Spain next month for a charity that helps people detect breast cancer early.

A Lincoln business owner is set to cycle over 1,000 miles from Lincoln to Spain in a bid to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

Chris Dolan (26), along with his cousin Matt Diggins, will be cycling from Lincoln on July 4 and hopes to arrive in Becannicasim (Spain) on July 18, all in aid of the CoppaFeel Charity.

While studying at the University of Lincoln Chris became aware of the inspirational story of 23 year old Kristin Hallenga, who after a series of misdiagnosis’s discovered she had breast cancer.

Chris said: “I came across a powerful story about someone being misdiagnosed only to then discover she’d actually got breast cancer.

“She’s been so inspirational, she never asked about how long she might have left instead she’s just got on with life and lived as though each day was her last.

“It’s less about the money side of it, obviously it would be amazing to raise money for the charity but we want to awareness. We want people, men and women to be able to check themselves out and know what to look out for.”

Maren Hallenga, Fundraising and Communications Manager, said: “We’re chuffed that Chris and Matt have chosen to support CoppaFeel! with their Biking for Boobs cycling challenge.

“Their support will enable us to remind thousands more young people to check their boobs and to ensure breast cancers are caught early, at a treatable stage.

“We’re honoured when great people like Chris and Matt decide to push themselves to the limit and take on a big challenge in aid of us, raising awareness along the way.”

The CoppaFeel Charity was set up to combat late detection or misdiagnosis of breast cancer in both men and women by ensuring that people know the correct signs and symptoms.

The website offers people a detailed breakdown of how to check themselves for any signs of breast cancer by encouraging people to check themselves regularly.