On Sunday 7th September, a group of colleagues from Barclays Bank successfully completed the 2014 London to Brighton Cycle ride. At 7:30am, the team began the 54 mile journey from Clapham Common in South London, travelling through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally arriving in Brighton.
The Barclays team participated in the ride as a fundraising challenge in memory of their colleague Harriet Sterling who passed away from breast cancer last December.
Harriet was found to have inherited a BRCA 1 gene mutation. People of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, like Harriet, are approximately 10 times more likely to carry a mutation in one of the BRCA 1 or 2 genes than those in the general population. These mutations increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer, often with an early onset – even in the 20’s or 30’s. Harriet and her family felt strongly that information about BRCA 1 and 2 is made more accessible and better understood, so that more lives can be saved through early diagnosis and prevention.
Fundraising from this cycle ride will support work to improve awareness about BRCA in the Jewish community, and for cutting-edge medical research. The total raised will be divided between Jnetics and Action Against Cancer to carry out these two respective activities.
Jnetics would like to congratulate and say a big thank you to the cyclists Jonathan, Damian, David, Alex, Simon, Krishna, Rupert, Zak, Paul, Stephen, and Mickael. Many thanks also to everyone who kindly sponsored their fantastic effort – your support is much appreciated.
If you are interested in learning more about BRCA and/or supporting our BRCA related activities in Harriet’s memory, please contact us at .