Hi, let me introduce myself, my name is Graham Sherwood and I am 63.
In 2010 I suffered a major heart attack and had to have emergency cardiac surgery. This cardiac event has severely restricted my heart function (down to 38%) and has also left me with chronic heart disease. Stairs and most forms of physical activity are painfully problematic for me.
But there’s more –
I was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Several operations, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy later I am still fighting this insidious disease – but with a smile and the belief that it will not beat me!
Despite all of this I discovered that I could ride an E-bike with little discomfort. I discovered a charity – EMpowered People and have been riding with them on organised events for 4 years. Almost 2 years ago I was made a trustee of the charity and have been helping with the general organisation ever since.
So, it is for Empowered People Disability Cycling Charity that I am raising funds. All funds are spent within the charity, making grants to enable people to purchase their own adapted bike, repairing and building bikes, insurance and maintenance.
It’s big. It’s bold. It’s gutsy. It’s the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero! The idea is simple. To create fun, full-throttle challenges where people with disabilities call the shots and don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions.
So this is a triathlon – 750 meter swim, 20K cycle ride, 5k run. I won’t be doing it alone though – I will have my Angels to help!
My Angels are my niece Katherine and her best friend Holly.
Katherine is 24 and has recently completed a Masters Degree. Holly is 25 and at University studying Politics and History. They are 2 very smart, beautiful girls. They are also very supportive of what I am doing and jumped at the chance to do this triathlon with me.
The Superhero Tri is not only supported by many stars from the Paralympic and Invictus Games but a whole host of them have also entered.
Donations can be made online using the link below.
Thank you for reading this!
Graham Sherwood (Empowered rider)