YOU'VE BEEN NOMINATED TO CARRY THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC FLAME THANKS TO BMW UK.
As someone who inspires others, you have been nominated to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the London 2012 Olympic Flame on part of its 70-day journey across the UK.
Why you were nominated.
Grant is my son, aged 41 and shortly to be married, he suffers from a rare illness called multifocal motor neuropathy. This is a paralysing disease about which very little is known. In order to keep the paralysis at bay he has chemotherapy one week in every eight. This is to knock out his over active immune system and as you can imagine it leaves him feeling ill and at a very low ebb for the next couple of weeks. He works extra hours each week to enable him to have time off work for "chemo" and has an understanding employer.
In spite of everything and bearing in mind he has limited training time in between his treatment he raises money for charity by doing endurance rides on his bike and recently cycled in relay with a friend London to Paris in 24 hours. They raised nearly £2000 for the charity Scope.
A couple of years ago he ran the London Marathon - to everyone's amazement and raised several thousand pounds. He has cycled Bristol to London, London to Paris, the Scottish Etape, Lands End to John O'Groats to name a few - always for charity.
I am extremely proud of him and his achievements. It would be great if what he manages to achieve was recognised, he never complains - just gets on with life.