Danny heads for milestone and mass bike ride in Peak

Danny with sons Joe and Ben
Danny with sons Joe and Ben

A SHEFFIELD father who overcame a rare form of cancer is hoping hundreds of cyclists will join him next month in celebrating the first anniversary of his charitable foundation.

A bike ride through the Peak District is the latest fundraising drive by Danny Porter, who was diagnosed with a rare facial tumour six years ago.

Money will be raised on October 16 in aid of the foundation in his name, which supports research, care and equipment for people suffering from cancer or requiring neurological surgery.

Danny, aged 38, of Millhouses, had a 20-hour operation which led to the loss of his right eye after being diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. He then underwent successful radiotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital.

Last year he cycled 300 miles from Glasgow to Weston Park with 20 others, raising £30,000 for organisations such as Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Neurocare and bringing the total donated by family and friends, including his wife Kerry, to more than £60,000.

Now he has teamed up with Claremont Hospital’s Sport Medicine and Performance Centre and the Out of the Saddle Cycling Club for the Peak cycle ride, which offers either a 50k or 100k circular route from Claremont Hospital. Danny will take the 50k road.

Danny, who is head of sport services at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We raised more for the first bike ride with family and friends then we ever thought we could. Claremont and Out of the Saddle Cycling Club, run by professional cyclists and brothers Russell and Dean Downing, decided to organise a second so others could get involved as well. I really want to encourage people to take part.”

Through the Danny Porter Foundation, he hopes to inspire others who have been diagnosed with cancer to fight it head on with a positive attitude – something he credits with helping him get through his ordeal.

With sons, Joe, now six, and Ben, four, he said: “My diagnosis came completely out of the blue but I vowed to take the cancer on and beat it. My dad once gave me a piece of advice that I hadn’t really seen the true meaning of before I had cancer – it’s not what happens in life that’s important, it’s how you deal with it.”

Part of the money raised will go to Weston Park’s Cancer Information and Support Centre, which provides advice on how to cope with stress and anxiety following a cancer diagnosis, how to care for someone with cancer and understanding grief.

Danny said: “I was incredibly lucky to have the support of all my family and friends and I would have found it really difficult without them.

“The Cancer Information and Support Centre helps both patients and their families cope with the effects of a cancer diagnosis, both physically and mentally, and this can be so important during the difficult and very stressful time.”

Rachel Thorpe, cancer charity director, said: “Danny is truly an inspiration to us all and his courage in the face of adversity was incredible.”

Entry for the rides is £25 per person. Visit www.dannyporterfoundation.org.