11-year-old fighter Elsa crossed the finish line with her dad
As 11-year-old Elsa Andersson cycled in together with the other participants in Team Rynkeby, she became the youngest participant ever to cross the yellow finish line in Paris. Technically, she is underage to participate, but as she had been given leave from her cancer ward in Sweden to join her dad as he crossed the finish line, an exception was made.
Eight days in the saddle are over – Team Rynkeby gets poignant welcoming in Paris
Efter åtta dagar i sadeln avslutade Team Rynkeby idag sin årliga cykeltur till Paris till förmån för kritiskt sjuka barn. Och välgörenhetscykellaget fick en rörande mottagning i den franska huvudstaden.
Cycling became Caroline’s therapy after Lucas' battle with cancer
At the end of April 2014, Caroline Magnusson's world turned upside down. Doctors confirmed that the lump in her 3-year-old son Lucas' stomach was a malignant tumour of an unusual type of cancer. Thanks to successful research, Lucas is now in recovery and spends his time just like any other 8-year-old. But his illness has left its mark on Caroline. “Cycling has become my therapy, my way of healing from Lucas' illness,” she says.
Magnus was diagnosed with cancer when he was 9 years old – Team Rynkeby is the best
Magnus Magnusson var ni år, da han fik kræft. Han ved derfor bedre end de fleste, hvad færøske børn går igennem, når de bliver alvorligt syge og må flyttes til Danmark i behandling – langt væk fra familie og venner.
3-year-old Laura died of cancer – her parents cheer on Team Rynkeby in Belgium
Rørende scener udspillede sig på Mur de Huy i Belgien tidligere i dag, da forældrene til 3-årige Laura, der døde af kræft i foråret, mødte op og hyldede Team Rynkeby-rytterne, der lige nu er på vej mod Paris.
There is no other stretch of the Tour de Paris as famous and as feared as the legendary hill Mur de Huy in Belgium. And today, Team Rynkeby participants climbed the notorious hill one by one in the sunshine.
It is every parent's worst nightmare to hear that your child has no chance of survival. But this is the reality for children diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a tumour located in the brain stem. It’s a disease that no child has survived. "We got 10 months with Lovisa before she passed away", says Thomas Rydström, currently cycling towards Paris with TRGM Malmö as a tribute to his daughter.