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Joe's Cape Argus cycle tour

A smiling Team Oxford, holding up their medals to the camera
Team Oxford

The world's largest timed cycle race

I first met Dr Paul Harden, a Renal Consultant from Oxford, at the World Transplant Games.

He was one of the Team GB doctors, and his clinical model at the Young Adult Clinic in Oxford is inspiring.

It's a unique community-based set-up and the methods he uses in renal patient care are very engaging. He focuses on providing peer-to-peer support for teenagers and young adults, which is so vitally important for youngsters when they suffer kidney failure - a support structure that I would have definitely benefited from.

Teenagers find it really hard to cope with a chronic illness and often go off the rails, and they are twice as likely to lose their kidney transplant if they do not receive customised and tailored support. The clinic's services have reduced treatment failure by 40 percent over the last four years.

I've been so impressed I have transfered my renal care over to his clinic and have also started mentoring young patients. The most important piece of advice I can give them is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how tough it gets, you can go on and live a normal and healthy life.

A few of us took part in the Cape Argus cycle tour to help raise funds for the Young Adult Clinic, so they can continue to run this service and help start a similar service in Cape Town, South Africa.

Please help us give these young adults a means of interacting with one another and help them start out their adult lives successfully.

Joe Dunster
March 2014

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Cape Argus Cycle Race 2014 - Team Oxford

Duration: 1 minute and 54 seconds
A group of Doctors, kidney transplant recipients and a organ donor from the UK have just returned from an epic adventure in Cape Town. The main aim of the trip was to participate in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour Race and raise money for the Oxford Kidney Unit Trust Fund.

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