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Graeme Jones First Team Assistant Manager, Everton Football Club sent us this message:

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Graeme Jones, Everton Football Club

“Cancer needs to be beaten! We all have a responsibility to raise awareness and funds to beat this disease because in one way or another cancer effects everyone! Please support Jon Birchall on his 5000 mile charity motorbike ride around the UK coastline and help us achieve early diagnosis for kidney cancer.”

Carl Fogarty MBE

Carl Fogarty MBE

Carl Fogarty four-times world Superbike champion legend, MBE and King of the Jungle has sent Jon this message: 

 “I wish Jon all the very best on his ride and hope he achieves his goal of raising £50,000 for charity”.


Professor Tom Powles MBBS MD MRCP from Bart’s Hospital, London sent Jon this comment. The aim of the money we are raising is for research into earlier diagnosis and better treatments.

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Professor Dr Thomas Powles MBBS, MRCP, MD

“I was very flattered to be asked to write a few words about Jon’s astonishing plan to ride around the UK to raise money for kidney cancer.  Research in kidney cancer is accelerating. The money Jon raises will help us learn more about the disease and develop new treatments. When Jon told me of his plans I remember thinking what a great idea, but Jon has his own kidney cancer battle making the trip doubly difficult. It’s people like Jon who go the extra mile and inspire the rest of us.”


© Mark Wilkins 2013

Miss Gillian Smith MD, FRCS(Urol)

Miss Gillian Smith MD, FRCS(Urol) is a Consultant urologist and service line lead at The Royal Free Hospital she is very supportive of Jon and his mission. Miss Smith contacted us directly and sent this quote:  

“I hope lots of people will be truly inspired by Jon’s Facing Up 2 Kidney Cancer campaign.  Increased awareness and research into improving early diagnosis are critical in order to develop better cancer treatment so the money raised by Jon will help more people beat the disease.”


Mr Michael Aitchison MD FRCS is the Renal Cancer Service Director & Consultant Urological Surgeon for the Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG. Mr Aitchison contacted us through this website and sent this encouraging message:


Michael Aitchison MD FRCS

“I have repeatedly been humbled by the by the generosity and commitment of patients when faced with the threat of a grave diagnosis to raise money for research into kidney cancer.The centralisation of specialist kidney cancer services at the Royal Free has allowed us to start  a research programme looking at markers of early diagnosis-we are honoured that Jon will visit us on his epic bike ride and wish him all the best”


To start this page off we received this message from James Whale, kidney cancer survivor, broadcaster and chairman of the charity Jon is doing the ride in aid of:


James Whale

“I am honoured the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer is the chosen charity for Jon’s fantastic ‘Facing Up 2 Kidney Cancer’ event.  His story of misdiagnosis in 2010, only to be told two years later he had kidney cancer and another year after that he was terminal is an all too familiar one and tragic. If Jon had been diagnosed earlier, things may have been different.

But, being the character that he is, Jon’s not going to lay down and let this beat him. Jon’s journey aims to raise £50,000 for the fund which will go towards providing a kidney cancer research assistant, provide nurse and GP training in identifying and diagnosing kidney cancer and help promote awareness, along with the importance, of early kidney cancer diagnosis.”

On behalf of all kidney cancer patients, we thank you.”

Good luck Jon, have a great ride.”

James Whale



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