Luke Bradwell son of Jonathan Bradwell (Brad) died of bone cancer January 2012. A bright, fit, sporting young man, on the verge of stepping into the prime of his life with a great future ahead of him. A rugby player who lived life like any lover of contact sports he never complained about life’s little knocks and niggles. A persistent leg pain was not recognised as anything more serious than a sporting injury or “growing pains”. Sadly this was eventually diagnosed as bone cancer and Luke was out of his corner fighting a cruel and faceless opponent. Having endured the grueling treatments and even amputation he sadly succumbed just after Christmas.
It was both a pleasure and honour to have known him and deeply moving to be asked by Luke to be part of his funeral party and carry him on his last journey.
Brad reflected on these events and looked for the opportunity to both honour his son and help others avoid the same sad circumstances of Lukes death. Early diagnosis is key to achieving the best survival rates. Brad set up the charity, Bone Cancer Awareness Trust. It has a simple mission to raise awareness and educate others on the signs and symptons of bone cancer. Like all small charities it survives on both the good will of donors and volunteers. I have been helping where I can.
The fight goes on and on the weekend of the 7th September I will be taking part in the Yorkshire Tough Mudder event, a gruelling 12 plus mile assault course.
Please take the time to read about the charity and Lukes story and then if you can spare a little, visit the donation page. CrossFit London has a great history of supporting the small guy taking on big challenges, help us to maintain that.
I have been preparing for this event with my usual strength and metcon CrossFit combination, despite my shoulder issues, along with putting a little extra miles in my legs. Keep an eye out for the post event debrief explaining how CrossFit has helped me prepare.