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"I have MS but I can do it!'"

Richard Gleadhill outside the Eiffel Tower

Richard Gleadhill decided to take part in the 2008 London to Paris cycle ride after reading about it in our Open Door newsletter.

"I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with MS in June 2003. The initial stages are extremely hard - how do you come to terms with something that has the potential to devastate your life?

"One morning I woke up and decided I had to hit this head on. There was no point feeling sorry for myself, I had to be positive and put in place a plan to tackle my symptoms. I think once I had accepted it, the task became a little easier. I am now four and a half years on and my attitude is still the same: 'It will not beat me!'. I decided to take up cycling to try and keep the important parts moving. I applied for the MS Trust's London to Paris cycle ride and within a week had £800 pledged!

"I have been overwhelmed by the support I've received. To me, I just deal with life's problems but to others, it is quite inspirational that a person with my condition will take this challenge on. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be hard but I also think it will be very rewarding. Basically I want to say 'Look at me, I have MS but I can do it!'".

Richard not only successfully completed the challenge but also raised over £7,000 for the MS Trust and was indeed an inspiration to his fellow cyclists!