04 Oct ‘Evzy’ enjoys Ravens VIP experience
Having been inspirationally fighting a terminal brain tumour for a number of months, Bridgend fan Mike Evans was invited by the club to enjoy a VIP experience at Saturday’s match against Pontypridd.
Starting out with a look around behind the scenes at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field pre-match, Mike also listened to the team talk by head coach Matt Silva, before meeting squad members ahead of the big match.
Having watched the game with the coaching staff from the gantry, he also experienced a detailed explanation of how the team analyst works, while attending the post-match Bridgend Former Players Association function in Rafters Lounge.
Police Officer Mike, 49 from Bridgend, a former Pencoed RFC player himself and well known to a number of former and current members of the Ravens squad, is an experienced 10 time Ironman, and has competed in a number of extremely gruelling events.
Earlier this year he completed the Porthcawl Olympic Triathlon, completing a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run in the process, despite suffering from the tumour. Having had surgery to remove 75% of it, Mike set about achieving a number of goals, namely raising as much money as he can for Velindre where he is undergoing chemotherapy, while he is also determined to reduce the amount of time patients have to wait for an MRI scan.
He has had fantastic support for his #TeamEvzy challenges, while a number of Welsh international players have been seen sporting the green bands which have become synonymous with supporters of #TeamEvzy
Wayne Hall, Director of Rugby and a close friend of ‘Evzy’ paid tribute to a fellow former Pencoed RFC player.
“Mike has touched the hearts of many people in and around the Bridgend area. Mike and his family, particularly his daughter Lily, have achieved great things and raised massive funds for Velindre, and it was great to see that we helped raise over £400 at the match on Saturday for such a fantastic cause, so thanks must go to all supporters who dug deep.”
To date, the Fight Cancer #teamevzy campaign has raised over £35k. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamevsy
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