David Staley


British Lung Foundation
We are the UK's lung charity and we are here for every one of them, whatever their condition. Lung disease can be frightening and debilitating. We offer hope and support at every step, so that no one has to face it alone. We promote greater understanding of lung disease and we campaign for positive change in the nation's lung health. We fund vital research, so that new treatments and cures can help to save lives. We are the British Lung Foundation. Leading the fight against lung disease.
Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust
Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust exists to raise funds to support the vital services that the Mesothelioma UK Resource Centre gives to anyone affected by Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma UK, provides high quality, impartial and up-to-date support and information. It supports the development of a national network of trained and experienced nurse specialists. It promotes nurse-led research. It works in collaboration with charities, organisations and individuals to improve relevant issues. It promotes the development of mesothelioma support groups. Mesothelioma UK has a national free phone helpline which provides access to timely, accurate and relevant advice for patients, carers and health care professionals. A broad based website is available for UK mesothelioma patients and their carers. the website provides links to other useful sites. Mesothelioma UK runs a yearly 'Patient and Carer Day' where patients and health care professionals can come together to discuss and deal with all aspects of mesothelioma.
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One Lung, One Life, One Hundred Miles!

David Staley

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29th October 2015

1 day before our daughter’s 6th birthday, 3 weeks after my wife's 40th birthday and 3 weeks before my 40th birthday, our lives changed forever!

I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a terminal cancer related to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is all around us, yet this is an under-funded, little known cancer, with an average life expectancy of just 12-18 months. 

We don't know where I got Meso from, we were in shock but we were faced with tough choices and 3 weeks later, to give me the best chance, I had my left lung removed. I was home to spend Christmas with the family whilst I recuperated and then started gruelling chemo in January 2016. 

Thankfully, so far the treatment plan has been successful. I have now just outlived the first milestone of 18months and there is no current sign of the disease - I feel very blessed. Yet, we are told one day it will return and when it does, we want there to be a cure! I need to see our kids Joshua (9) & Erin (7) grow up, get married and have children of their own. I want to spend quality time with my wife Alison and our family & friends. So I need to help find a cure for mesothelioma. 

15 months on from finishing chemo, I’ll be taking on a very hilly 100 mile bike ride. Considering 12 months ago, I could barely walk down the drive, and 18 months ago, I needed a zimmer frame in hospital, I feel very fortunate to attempt it.  I wanted a challenge, I want to inspire others that no matter what your health is, with the correct training, support & belief, anything is possible. 

You have all helped and supported us throughout this difficult time and without it, we wouldn't be in the position we are today. If you could kindly help us now and donate to these two wonderful charities we would be very grateful: Mesothelioma UK - funding research & specialist Meso nurses across the UK and the British Lung Foundation - supporting research to find a cure for mesothelioma!

During the ride, I will be supported by best mate Stephen Colley & brother-in-law Simon Ingyon. They and their wives have been amazing support throughout the last 18 months to Ali & I and I am honoured that they are supporting me to ensure I get across that finish line!

Please help us "cycle for a cure" and donate towards these two amazing charities.

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13.08.17 Good luck! x

11.08.17 Amazing achievement, David. Vanessa (from the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund), in personal capacity of course!

08.08.17 Well done boys

05.08.17 Well done, Dave.

04.08.17 Well done Dave from the McMunn's

02.08.17 Saw you on tv last Thursday night, wanted to contribute with love Jean

02.08.17 Well done!

02.08.17 Such an amazing thing, well done

02.08.17 Great achievement Dave

01.08.17 What an incredible achievement Dave, absolutely incredible. I wish you and the family the very best of luck for the future. Very best wishes Julie and Ian


01.08.17 You are fantastic fellow Mesowarrior!!!

31.07.17 Dave, we wish you, Alison and your family the very best. Stay as positive as you are!

31.07.17 Hi David, we wish you and your familiy all the best. Christina and Bjoern


31.07.17 Dave, you are amazing! Brought up by amazing parents who have instilled in you a selfless heart. Even in your own suffering, you thought of others. We thank God for you and your recovery. We are proud of you and love you xxxx

30.07.17 Well done Dave.

30.07.17 Fantastic ride today, Dave. An inspiration for all of us watching from the sidelines. Enjoy a well deserved beer and sleep! The Sweetings X

30.07.17 Well done Dave and Team Breathe, what an amazing, inspiring achievement, you should be so proud of yourselves. Issy and boys xxx

30.07.17 Well done. Great time!

30.07.17 Well done what a ride! The Winterfloods x

30.07.17 Good luck on the ride, what an amazing thing to do! Anna, Lee, Milly and Tom Higham.

30.07.17 An amazing challenge! Sending lots of love and best wishes. Love Hannah, Rob, Charlotte and Megan xxx



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