Chris's third article
A pilgrim's progress...
Chris Devereux, now on the final leg of his 1,000 mile pilgrimage, writes of how his spirit has been lifted by some good news from home. With his cycling adventure almost wrapped up and with Santiago in sight, he sends thanks to all those who have supported him.
* I have now covered more than 900 miles of my journey to Santiago and have met nothing but kindness and generosity on the way, and, barring anything untoward, should reach Santiago on Wednesday, two days earlier than scheduled.
At Sahagun, in the Spanish meseta, I was joined by my brother Tim, from Leeds, who is riding the last few days into Santiago with me. Tim has raised more than £400 for the Royal Marsden Children's Cancer Fund. Meanwhile Hannah, one of my daughters, and her partner Paul, have walked the last 200 miles of the Camino and have just arrived in Santiago this evening (Monday, June 3). Jane, my wife, arrives from England on Wednesday.
The best possible news I had on my journey came at Punta La Reina. Jane, who is fighting breast cancer, called to say the Marsden had decided she no longer needs to take the drug Tamoxifen and her next appointment at the Marsden will be a routine check-up in a year's time.
In the meantime, members of the Devereux family will converge on Santiago de Compostela this week and reunite to give thanks for Jane's continued health and the generosity of all those contributing to our Marsden appeal. But we still have another 120 fierce and hilly miles to go.
9:27am Friday 7th June 2002
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