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14 August 2019

King's medical student set to cycle 300 miles to fight blood cancer

Medical student, Faheez Shafeek, is the son of a blood cancer doctor, Dr Salim Shafeek, who was recently diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called myeloma.

Geoff Thomas, Dr Salim Shafeek and Faheez Shafeek

Faheez seemed destined for a medical career with both his father and grandfather spending most of their lives treating blood cancer patients. Dr Shafeek is the Clinical Director of Haematology & Oncology at Worcestershire Royal Hospital where his patients and colleagues have already rallied around him to raise over £12,000.

Now Faheez will make his contribution by taking on Cure Leukaemia’s close-road ride, a 300-mile cycle from London to Paris. He will be riding alongside ex-Premier League star and cancer survivor, Geoff Thomas.

Dr Shafeek was the first consultant that Geoff Thomas saw when he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003. 

“I might not be here today if it was not for Dr Shafeek who quickly recognised the severity of my illness. He has helped so many patients over the years and I am sure every single one of them would want to wish him all the very best in his treatment and hopefully a full and swift recovery.”

Cure Leukaemia Patron, Geoff Thomas

Dr Shafeek is now in complete remission after a stem cell transplant and hopes to return to work in September. 

“I am very proud that my son will be taking part in this fantastic event alongside my good friend Geoff Thomas and many others committed to raising funds to combat this disease. I know that all funds raised will go towards ensuring more and more patients continue to be connected with treatments for blood cancer that are currently not available to them.

Dr Salim Shafeek

Faheez will begin his 300-mile ride during Blood Cancer Awareness Month on 12 September.