In December 2022, Molly Gardner, a former player of Tranmere Rovers Women's team, experienced the sudden onset of Acute Severe Pancreatitis, thrusting her into an unexpected battle for her life.
After enduring a half-year hospitalisation and conquering one obstacle after another, Molly exhibited remarkable strength, prevailing over all adversities. Fortunately, she is now in the process of recovery.
Molly's circle of friends and loved ones have openly expressed their immense pride in her and their gratitude for her survival throughout a daunting 18-month period.
In light of this, a collective of Molly's close family and friends have made the decision to embark on a sponsored cycling journey covering a distance of 50 miles. Their route will connect four North West Football Clubs: Wrexham AFC, Chester FC, Tranmere Rovers, and culminate at Anfield.
The threat posed by Acute Pancreatitis, which has a fatality rate of 1 in 4, has prompted action. The funds generated from the bike ride will be entirely channelled to the Guts UK charity, which strives to transform this statistic. Guts UK holds the distinction of being the sole UK charity that funds a research fellowship focusing on pancreatitis. Their unwavering commitment is aimed at discovering an effective treatment or even a cure for this devastating ailment.
You have the opportunity to contribute to the bike ride's cause by accessing the associated GoFundMe page.
Should you desire to offer encouragement as the cyclists stop by Prenton Park as part of their 50-mile expedition, mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14th, when they will reach Prenton Park. Specific timing details will be shared later; keep an eye on @TRFCwomen on Twitter for real-time updates.
On behalf of Tranmere Rovers Women, Molly's family, and her companions, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for your valuable support.