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Milton Keynes resident to present Women's Tour award

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A Milton Keynes habitant will present a prize jersey in the Friends Life Women's Tour cycle race.

Sally Waller will appear on the podium at the end of stage two which is between Hinckley and Bedford on May 8th.

Waller will award the Best of British jersey on behalf of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The 67 year old was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in December 2009 and since then she has supported Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

After she went on two unsuccessful courses of chemotherapy, Waller needed a stem cell transplant to save her life and luckily for her a match was found and the transplant to place in April 2010.

She has now met and become friends with her donor and she feels proud to represent the charity at the event.

Waller said, according to MKWeb: "It is because of donors like Darryl White, as well as the fantastic research into blood cancer led by charities such as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, that many people are beating the disease.

"I feel honoured to be able to represent this charity and blood cancer patients at such a special event.”

One rider taking part in the women's tour is Olympic Champion Dani King.

King is an ambassador for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the London 2012 gold medallist is looking forward to the race as well as supporting the charity.

King said: “I’m really excited to be competing in the Women’s Tour. British fans have totally embraced women’s cycling, so the local crowd reaction should be fantastic.

"I will be striving to wear the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research jersey to show my support and raise awareness of the fantastic work the charity does to beat blood cancer.”

Lizzie Armitstead and Laura Trott will also take part in the race which boasts many fantastic British riders.

Paul Morton, Sports Events Manager at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research said: We are delighted that Sally has agreed to go on the podium and present our race jersey to the fastest British rider.

"We understand the challenges faced by people affected by blood cancer, and that is why we won’t stop until we have beaten the disease.”

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research run a number of events for the public to get involved in including the London to Paris Bike ride, London Bikeathlon and Birmingham Bikeathlon.

These events generate an enormous amount of money each year which helps the fight to beat blood cancer.

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