13-year-old cyclist diagnosed with cancer meets her hero Geraint Thomas

In early 2021, 13-year-old cyclist Evie Hartley was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.

A hugely popular member of the Ilkeston Cycle Club in Derbyshire, Evie has undergone intensive chemotherapy and has spent long periods in the hospital since her diagnosis.

To give Evie a boost during her treatment, British team Ineos Grenadiers decided to step in and give her a surprise – a Zwift session with her favorite cyclist, 2018 Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas.

In early 2021, 13-year-old Evie Hartley was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Since then, she has inspired everyone around her and has taken her treatment head-on.

So, with the help of her favorite cyclist, we put together a little treat for her … pic.twitter.com/SqkrdFKb7T

– INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) April 14, 2021

Ineos said: “In early 2021, 13-year-old Evie Hartley was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Since then, she has inspired everyone around her and has taken her treatment head-on.

“So, with the help of her favorite cyclist, we put together a little treat for her …”

During their virtual ride, cycling fan Evie Thomas asked for some tips on how to become a professional, she explained her dream to visit the Alpe d’Huez and the Tour of Flanders.

Evie’s cycling Ilkeston CC, winner of the 2020 Club of the Year at the Cycling Weekly Awards, has launched a fundraising campaign to support Evie’s chosen charity, Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group, which funds research into cancer treatments for children and young people.

So far, the club has raised a whopping £ 9,549 for charity, with plans for more fundraising events in the works.

You can view the fundraising page here.

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Emma Pilgrim, who initiated the fundraiser, said: “Evie is a valued member of the Ilkeston Cycle Club. Not only a talented member of our youth academy, but also a regular at our club events, often racing against adults (and keeping them on their toes). The younger members of the academy look up to her and the older members are inspired by her.

“Evie is utterly inspiring and graciously accepts her reality with optimism, determination and maturity beyond her years and even in the darkest times she continues to light a room with her smile and positivity.”

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