Raymond Longmuir plans to celebrate his recovery from brain cancer by undertaking an incredible motorcycle journey from the tip of Tasmania back to his family in Angus, Scotland.
He’s hoping to raise a quarter of a million Australian dollars (close to £150,000) from the 17,500-mile challenge from his adopted homeland to his family in Friockheim, near Arbroath.
Aged 32, Ray began to suffer from headaches and blackouts, and after being rushed to hospital, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Given only three to five years to live, he underwent multiple operations to remove the cancerous tumours over the course of two years.
Although Ray continues to suffer memory loss and is still undergoing an intensive regime of medication and therapy, his health has been stable for the last 18 months – and he’s been inspired to come up with the ambitious plan to raise money and give something back to those who saved his life.
“After you’re told you have three to five years to live and you go through all this stuff, it’s just made me even more determined to ride the world and raise money.”
Ray plans to make the remarkable trip with a friend in the spring of 2019, and has already proved himself more than capable, undertaking a 10-day, 12,000 km journey around Australia in preparation. The journey will take them across Australia, through Thailand, Vietnam, China and Russia, before finally reaching Europe.
He’s received the support of British Superbikes rider Ben Currie and Isle of Man TT racer David Johnson, who have been riding with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation logo on their helmets, helping to spread the word.
“I’m completely self-funding the trip so that everything raised goes to the foundation and I am speaking to Lions clubs, which are a worldwide organisation, so things will start to really get going now,” said Raymond.
If you’re interested in donating to this amazing cause, click HERE to visit Ray’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation page.
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