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Saturday 17 March 2018

Gearing up for 'Tour de Cure'

Kevin Keane

A CYCLING legend has revealed how the near death of his son prompted him to take on a 'Tour de Cure' for charity.

Stephen Roche's nine-year-old son Florian needed a bone-marrow transplant from one of his brothers two years ago after doctors diagnosed him with leukaemia.

Speaking as he launched the Stephen Roche 'Tour de Cure', which will take place in Midleton, Co Cork, on May 8, Mr Roche said the experience impelled him to give more of his time to charitable work.

"We all think these things only happen to other people but when they happen to you, you realise how thin the wire is."

Florian is recovering well from the illness. Mr Roche travelled from his home in Nice, France, yesterday to promote the ride.

It is hoped the event will raise €50,000 for Cork's Mercy University Hospital Foundation, children's charity the COPE Foundation, and the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which helps those at risk of potentially fatal allergies.

Irish Independent

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