FAMILY and friends are gearing up for a bike challenge in memory of a 23-year-old who died from a rare form of cancer.
Ben Waller of Knottingley died in September 2010 after being struck down with Burkitt’s lymphoma.
The former Knottingley High School and Pontefract NEW College student was diagnosed with the disease – which only affects around 200 people a year in the UK – just six weeks before his death.
His dad Tony Waller has organised annual fundraising events to keep Ben’s memory alive and raise money for the Lymphoma Research Trust.
Following the success of Bike4Ben last year, the cycle event returns next month, close to Ben’s birthday.
Mr Waller, of Downland Crescent, said: “Ben achieved a lot in such a short life. He lived his life to the full and made us all very happy.
“He was much loved and is greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Ben leaves a big void in our lives.
“It is important that Burkitt’s lymphoma is thoroughly researched as little is known about the cause of the disease and it can turn a previously healthy person very unwell in just a matter of weeks.
“Please help us in celebrating Ben’s life, keeping his memory alive and raising much needed research money in his name.”
Last year 86 cyclists raised £8,000 by riding a 25-mile circular route from the Darrington Hotel.
This year’s ride will start at the Darrington Hotel at 10am on Sunday, April 22, and include 25-mile and 40-mile routes.
All money will go to Lymphoma Research Trust and Ben’s family has already raised more than £10,000.
Visit www.justgiving.com/tony-waller email Mr Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to get involved or to donate money.