We’ve conquered the English Channel, all 34km of it in a whopping 10 hours and 56 seconds! The months of planning and preparation, sticking diligently to my diet and training regime has all paid off. But even more rewarding, was the fact that we had managed to surpass our target and raise approximately over $140,000, with every penny going towards finding a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) cancer — That’s what it was always about from the start.
We are extremely grateful to all the support and charitable contributions. There are leaps and strides still to be made in the research for a cure for DIPG and I still have a part to play in that. One down, six more to go! I’ve decided to dream big and conquer the Seven Seas! Well, more precisely, the term those in the marathon swimming community would be familiar with is the Oceans 7 challenge. It’s a challenge consisting of seven open water channel swims including the English Channel. Stay tuned to find out more. our journey has only just begun!
My name is Callum Eade. In 2011 I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. It was after overcoming this challenge, I embarked on my relationship with Tour de Cure. I have ridden a regional Tour as well as a Signature Tour. What an incredible experience!
After completing 16 Ironman triathlons, as well as over 30 Half Ironman races I am ready for a new and exciting challenge.
So, I am going to swim the English Channel. My plan is to make the swim in August 2019. The swim will truly be a series of milestones, including long distance training camps, night training sessions, along with a disciplined diet and rest program as part of the journey to prepare.
As part of this endeavor, I need your help. I plan to raise $100,000!
I want you to join me in funding a research project focused on Immune Oncology Research for Kids. As part of the journey we’ll meet the research team that we will help and really understand where the money is going!
Give generously and let’s really make a difference.
As part of this project to swim the English Channel, my wife Sarah and I have undertaken to raise $100,000 for Cancer Research. The figure $100,000 is not inconsequential. It means that we can host our very own research program in conjunction with Tour de Cure!
With that, we have chosen where we want the money to go.
We have chosen the very challenging and important field of Children’s Cancer. We want to help find a cure for DIPG. DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a tumour located in the pons (middle) of the brain stem. Glioma is a general name for any tumour that arises from the supportive tissue called glia, which help keep the neurons in place and functioning well. DIPG is a brainstem glioma.
A child diagnosed with DIPG today faces the same prognosis as a child diagnosed 40 years ago. There is still no effective treatment and no chance of survival. Only 10% of children with DIPG survive for 2 years following their diagnosis, and less than 1% survive for 5 years.
We have met the incredible Laura Franshaw. Laura is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Children’s Cancer Institute, University of New South Wales in Australia.
She is about to commence researching the concept of Inhibiting protein synthesis as a means of therapeutic treatment against DIPG. Please watch the video below to hear from Laura about how this will unfold.
Know that every penny that we raise will be put in the hands of Laura so that she can focus on looking down her microscope and help break the back of this horrible disease.
On behalf of Laura, Sarah and I thank you so so much for your commitment and support. Together we can win this battle.