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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:19 am 
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After it was postponed in September 2012 due to severely adverse weather conditions – the wettest September for 30 years in fact – we are happy to announce that The Macc Monster will be back on Saturday 13th April 2013!
Get your bike out of the garage and get peddling to raise vital funds for KidsCan’s childhood cancer research!

Taking place in the Peak District around the Macclesfield area, riders will take in amazing scenery and highs and lows of the stunning countryside.
Covering 100 kilometres, the ride features very little flat land, with a number of challenging climbs.
In fact, you'll complete around 7000 feet of climbing over the entire course!
The route has been organised to avoid A-roads as much as possible, and all parts of the course will be signposted along the way.
Just by participating you'll be helping to raise funds for KidsCan’s Childhood Cancer Research.

We are extremely grateful to the fantastic team at BiG Storage on Fence Avenue in Macclesfield.
They have kindly allowed the cycle to start and finish at their premises.
This is great news as the venue is perfect for our cyclists. It features off road parking, toilets and changing facilities.
Also, it has plenty of room for our catering wagon so all those taking part are able to have some hot food and a drink after peddling round the hills of the Peak District for several hours!

The website for The Macc Monster is undergoing updates at present but if you would like to sign up, please visit www.MaccMonster.co.uk today!

You can also follow The Macc Monster on Twitter http://twitter.com/MaccMonster


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:29 pm 
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As the Macc Monster is a cycle sportive in aid of KidsCan, I thought I would give you a bit of extra information on Cancer and the treatments that participants will be helping to fund through their sponsorship.

Every day the body makes cells that could be cancer cells. The body can recognise some not all of them as not normal and our own body’s immune system is clever enough to detect them and destroy them. We are currently researching ways of training the immune system to detect all abnormal cells and have our own immune system destroy them.

More information coming soon!
If you have any questions about KidsCan or about The Macc Monster, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Another scientific update!

When cancers form they create their own blood vessels to get oxygen. Unlike our normal blood vessels they are very weak and different. We have an anti cancer agent that can kill the blood vessels to a tumour! Essentially this means that if we can kill the blood vessels, the tumour will shrink and possibly die which means that it can be hopefully easily removed.
However, it is too toxic on the child’s heart at the moment so we are looking at ways to reduce this.

By raising sponsorship when you take part in The Macc Monster, you can ensure that our vital childhood cancer research can continue.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:41 pm 
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Did you know December is Children’s Cancer Awareness Month?
KidsCan is encouraging all of its supporters around the country to “Get Purple” and do something amazing to help raise vital funds for childhood cancer research.

By taking part in The Macc Monster, and our other great challenge events throughout the year, you are helping to make sure our vital research can continue.

Research like this: -
We have identified a new class of drug that allows the healthy cells to take charge of cancerous cells thus stopping them developing into tumours in what could provide a new approach to treating early-stage cancers. It is a molecule that can open up communication channels on the surface of cells that then enables healthy cells to 'talk' to the cancer cells. This allows the healthy cells to regain control of the cancer cells, effectively turning the cancer cells back into normal cells.

These amazing pieces of research can only continue with your support.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Damn! that clashes with bespoked in Bristol.. :cry:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:33 am 
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That's a shame!
There's always the Manchester to Chester Bike ride if that helps?
Sunday 23rd June - www.kidscanevents.org.uk/cycling-events


With just under 3 months to go, we're almost at 100 riders for The Macc Monster!

There is still plenty of time to sign up and take part in our amazing 100km ride through the fantastic scenery of The Peak District!
You can do so by signing up on www.maccmonster.co.uk


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:47 am 
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Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far!

Although we know you probably take part in sportives on an almost weekly basis, we would be extremely grateful if you would go the extra mile to support KidsCan by raising some sponsorship.
It’s easier than you think, even in times of austerity.

We can provide everyone taking part with personalised sponsor forms and a www.JustGiving.com online sponsor page.
If you’ve never made one before, don’t worry! We’re more than happy to make it for you.
We can even set you up a JustTextGiving code so people can sponsor you by sending a text!

Whatever you can raise will go a long way to support our vital research into cures and treatments for childhood cancers.

Thank you


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:23 pm 
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Did you see KidsCan on ITV Granada Reports this Saturday?
Click the link to find out about our amazing research!
http://www.itv.com/news/granada/story/2 ... ndraising/


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:00 pm 
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We have over 130 people taking part in The Macc Monster so far!

If you haven't signed up yet, there's still plenty of time to do so! We're taking entries on the day but only if people bring the exact money or cheque.

We're hoping to hit 200 cyclists all helping to raise vital funds for our vital childhood cancer research

Sign up here! - www.MaccMonster.co.uk


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:35 am 
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Did this yesterday. Tough but very good route with about 7000 ft of climbing over what I clocked as just under 68 miles in the end. It took me just under 5 and a half hours including the feed stops.
Quite a few people missed a turn due to a missing route marker, myself included, which added a few miles onto the official route.

My legs are a bit weary today, but not too bad all in all.


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