Peter Williams, 46, of Penzance, Cornwall, stands 6 feet tall. Amusingly, he was photographed riding a tiny pink bike across England.
This might be an amusing sight for some people, but Williams was doing this #LittlePinkBike challenge for a good cause.
Special Thanks to Islabikes for all their support!
Williams was on a mission to raise money, as well as awareness, for the Brain Tumor Charity in memory of his daughter Ellie, who succumbed to the disease on April 4, 2015, at the age of 7.
The little pink bike was Ellie’s last Christmas present, and she passed away just six months after her diagnosis.
Back in October 2014, Williams knew something was amiss when he saw Ellie’s eye “turning inwards.”
“It sometimes looked boss-eyed and pointed inwards a little,” Williams told the Mirror.
Following an MRI scan at Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, doctors dropped a bombshell—Ellie had a rare, highly aggressive diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).
DIPG is the second most common type of primary, high-grade brain tumor in children, The Brain Tumor Charity stated on its website.
In memory of his late daughter, Williams wrote on the JustGiving page he set up to raise funds for the charity, “Ellie loved cycling & could ride a bicycle without stabilizers when she was just 3 years old.”
“I’ve got vivid memories of her riding over the bridge near our home on it.”
Just getting a bit of training in ahead of tonights England match – Thank you to everyone for all the amazing support!…
To pay tribute to Ellie, Williams began his approximately 211-mile (340-kilometer) bike ride at Bristol Children’s Hospital on Sept. 21.
“We think it’ll be a very touching way to remember Ellie and raise money in her memory,” he said.
It’s a demanding task for Williams to ride Ellie’s bike as it’s designed for a 7-year-old child.
“So it is pretty small compared to my height of 6 foot,” Williams wrote.
Congratulations to Pete Williams who crossed the finish line of #TheLittlePinkBike challenge at Land's End last…
“I haven’t modified the bike at all but, after some practice rides, I am tempted to buy a bigger saddle as it really is tiny and very hard on my bum!” he said.
Despite the difficulties, Williams managed to journey through Avon, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, eventually reaching his destination—Land’s End in Oakham—a week later on Sept. 28.
With every push of the pedals, Williams hoped to raise money to fund The Brain Tumour Charity in vital research.
Thankfully, Williams’s hard work has paid off.
As of Oct. 10, he’s raised more than 41,000 pounds (approx. US$53,943)—well above his 10,000-pound (approx. US$13,157) target.
A massive "thank you" to the absolute legends at Far West Fest for raising £1,475.23 towards my ride & The Brain Tumour Charity.https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thelittlepinkbike
The pain Williams and his family struggled with after losing their daughter to a brain tumor would be unimaginable.
“It has been such a painful time but we have had wonderful support and help from our family, friends, community and Ellie’s school,” Williams recalled.
“The hospice staff were amazing and Ellie passed away peacefully in our arms.”
Hopefully, Williams’s story will call for greater support and action for research into brain tumors.
“More research into brain tumors is vital and if I can help save just one family from our heartache, then it’s worth it,” Williams told ITV.
Way to go, Williams! Ellie would be very proud of you.
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