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[p]Between the 4th and 6th May, 30 brave challengers will be embarking on the 2018 One Community Charity Cycle, travelling 300 miles from Barcelona to Beziers across the Pyrenees Mountains; the longest and hardest route to date. The group is compiled of representatives from across the M25 community, including Highways England, Connect Plus, Connect Plus Services, shareholders and the wider supply chain. This year we have chosen to raise money for the charity [i]Beat SCAD -[/i] a patient-led charity aiming to raise awareness of SCAD, provide support for patients, families and friends and raise funds for research into the condition. [/p][p] [/p][p][u]What is SCAD?[/u][/p][p] [/p][p]Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is a rare or under-diagnosed heart condition that cannot be predicted or prevented – yet. It affects people with few or none of the normal risks factors for heart disease. A tear or bruise develops in a coronary artery resulting in a blockage that prevents normal blood flow. SCAD affects mainly women and can happen during or soon after pregnancy, menopause, connective tissue disorders, extreme stress and exercise have been associated with SCAD, but the cause is unknown. Symptoms can incluse central chest pain, arm pain or numbness, pain in the jaw, back, shoulders, nausea, sweating/clamminess or breathing difficulties. [/p][p]For more information, visit their website: [url=https://beatscad.org.uk/]https://beatscad.org.uk/[/url][/p][p][b]Message from John Worsfold:[/b][/p][p]Many of you may know me as I have re-joined the Connect Plus commercial team recently (for the third time!). I am also one of the few who have participated in every one of the previous rides and will be again this year. I have to admit that I have not ridden one of the many, many miles that the intrepid athletes have covered in preparation for, and on, the rides (nor will I this year), but I am part of the team that support these fantastic people by driving a van with all their precious bikes to the start point and getting them home again (this year that will be 3 days and about 2,800Km). We also follow the riders so they can repair their bikes, sometimes repairing riders as well, provide them bananas, water, energy bars etc at convenient points, sort out the lunch stops, pack their bikes away at the end of the day and get them out in the morning and general support them to keep the ride running smoothly. [/p][p]I am proud to say that the charity that will benefit from this year’s ride is one that I support for very personal reasons. My wife, Danielle, has been diagnosed with SCAD after having three heart attacks - the first in 2009 at the age of 37 followed by a triple bypass, and the latest in March last year. It was the research and program of raising awareness that Beat SCAD are helping fund that alerted the cardiologist treating Danielle to her diagnosis and sped up her recovery. Beat SCAD provided us with information, contacts with the research group here in the UK, as well as contact and support from fellow survivors. She is now part of the on-going research into the possible causes and treatments, and access to the support network of survivors for an ear to bend when others do not understand, to answers for all the everyday questions that affect a SCAD survivor (from medical and medicines to travel insurance). [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p]
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