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Dr. William Tan completes 7 Marathon on 7 Continents in 7 Days

66 years old Dr. William Tan has successfully completed the World Marathon Challenge where he raced 7 marathons on 7 continents over 7 days.


St. James's Place pledges donation to charities in support of Dr. William Tan

Paralympian and neuroscientist William Tan is aiming to raise $77,000 each for seven charities from his efforts.

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Wheelchair racer who beat leukaemia attempting 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days

Paralympian and neuroscientist William Tan is aiming to raise $77,000 each for seven charities from his efforts.

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Dr. William Tan awarded the Goh Chok Tong Enable Award 2020

Phsyician, neuroscientist and Paralympian, Dr. William Tan was awarded the Goh Chok Tong Enable Award...


Dr. William Tan serving the frontline in the fight against COVID-19

62-year old Dr. William Tan has been busy serving his nation and community on the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19...


Dr. William Tan is featured by The Straits Times as one of 6 Singapore para athletes who inspires

Just because the sports world has stopped doesn't mean your sports consumption has to. In this Daily Dose series, Kimberly Kwek looks at six Singapore athletes who inspire. TOMORROW: Best UFC fights


Ride Across Britain

62-year old Dr. William Tan has successfully completed a 1,550km hand-cycle challenge across Britain from Land's End to John-O'-Groats with 3 other British cyclists aiming to raise USD 110,000 for women with breast cancer. He completed the event in 9 days, doing an average of 170km for about 10 hours a day. Land's End to John o' Groats is the traversal of the whole length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities, in the southwest and northeast.


First paralympian-friendly marathon by Standard Chartered

The 17th edition of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) raised the bar for endurance races in the region, with a world-class weekend of racing. Over two days, tens of thousands of athletes from 127 different countries, regions and territories took in the stunning sights and sounds of an all-new course which spanned the lush greens and striking skyscrapers of the world-renowned garden city.


Dr William Tan presented with Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Queen Elizabeth II

Singapore’s well-known para-athlete, medical doctor and charity fundraiser, Dr William Tan, was presented with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today for his long history of charitable achievements. The award was presented by the British High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Scott Wightman, during an awards evening held at his residence, Eden Hall, on 31st July.


Paralympian William Tan to raise awareness for wheelchair racing at Gold Coast Marathon

SINGAPORE - He will be the first Singaporean wheelchair racer to compete in the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday (July 1) but, to Paralympian William Tan, the significance of the milestone goes far beyond that.


Singaporean William Tan first to finish Pyongyang Marathon in a wheelchair

A hero's welcome greeted paraplegic athlete William Tan as he made a dash for the finish line, cheered on by thousands of North Koreans in the Kim Il Sung Stadium.

The 61-year-old Singaporean became the first person to finish the Pyongyang Marathon in a wheelchair earlier this month.


One last ultramarathon for paraplegic fund-raiser William Tan

The sight of paraplegic athlete William Tan, in skin-tight attire on a low-slung handcycle, is likely a familiar one to many people.

He made history in 2005 by setting a world record as the first paraplegic to finish 10 marathons in seven continents in 70 days. Over the last three decades, he has taken part in more than 100 wheelchair marathons, most of which were undertaken to raise funds for charity.


Paralympian is tackling a 'treacherous' Australian trail in a wheelchair

No wheelchair user has ever been allowed on Australia's Larapinta trail — until now.

This week, Dr William Tan, a Singapore Paralympian, begins a five day journey across 65km (40 miles) of the Australian outback.

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Singapore Paralympian William Tan's new challenge takes him into uncharted territory

Dr William Tan has competed in the Paralympics, run in a marathon that spanned seven continents and hand-cycled across Europe.

But the Paralympian is expecting to break new ground when he goes on his latest adventure.

Thank You for Your Support

In September 2017, London Speaker Bureau Asia sponsored Dr. William Tan – physician, Paralympian and brain-scientist to participate in Bloodwise's 500km cycle race. Race participants cycled for 4 days from London to Paris. The race is part of a campaign to raise funds for cancer care and research. He was the only disabled participant in that race.


Dr William Tan started his preparation at 4am on a cold rainy day in London and they took off at 6am. Day 2 was a tough one for Dr William as there were 2 very steep inclines – one of them was so steep and winding that the ride captain had to dismount to assist Dr. William. 

Dr. William hand-cycled across various terrains and through the English Channel before completing the course going past the famed Arc de Triomphe and then on to the majestic Eiffel Tower for the finish line.

As part of the race, Dr. William Tan and London Speaker Bureau set up campaigns to raise donations for Bloodwise UK, Singapore Cancer Society and National Cancer Society Malaysia. All organisations are grateful to the campaign organisers and donors who gave generously, and presented Dr. William Tan with certificates of appreciation.

Singapore Cancer Society Certificate of Appreciation
National Cancer Society Malaysia Certificate of Appreciation

On behalf of Dr. William Tan, we’d like to thank our all our corporate and individual donors for their kind and generous support.

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Para-athlete and motivational speaker Dr. William Tan to hand cycle 500km to raise funds in support of cancer research and care

On 14th September 2017, Dr. William Tan will embark on a 500km tour from London to Paris. A grueling challenge even for an able bodied athlete, Dr. William will be hand-cycling across various terrains and through the English Channel over four days before completing the course going past the famed Arc de Triomphe and then on to the Eiffel Tower for the finish line. He is doing this to raise funds for charities in UK, Singapore and Malaysia in support of cancer research and cancer care.

London Speaker Bureau is proud to sponsor and support Dr. William Tan for this meaningful and challenging event.

Dr. William Tan was paralysed from the waist down since the age of two due to poliomyelitis. Instead of being hampered by his disability, it drove Dr. William to work harder and conquer the odds in both academia and sports from a very young age. He graduated to become a physician, one of his childhood dreams, and worked at the National Cancer Centre in Singapore as neuroscientist and physician. He was also the pioneer batch of Singapore Paralympians who competed in the 1988 Seoul Paralympics. He has also completed seven marathons in seven continents, including the Arctic and Antarctica, in wheelchair.

In 2009, at the peak of his life and being the first person in wheelchair to complete the Antarctica marathon, he was diagnosed with end-stage leukaemia and was given only nine to 12 months to live. But after six months of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, he is now in remission for eight years, and he continues to be actively serving the community as a physician and continues to race and raise funds for charities. Dr. William has raised more than SGD 18 million on a voluntary basis for over 22 years, and the 60-year old recently completed his 10th Boston Marathon in April earlier this year.

London Speaker Bureau and Dr. William Tan seek your kind support and generous donation towards making this fundraising campaign a success. Your contribution is deeply appreciated.

Corporate Donors

About Bloodwise (UK)
Bloodwise funds ground-breaking research to help improve treatments and diagnosis for patients affected by leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Bloodwise also provides information and support to anyone affected by blood cancer with a Patient Services team dedicated to helping patients and their families.


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About Singapore Cancer Society
The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) was established in 1964 by individuals from the Rotary Club of Singapore West, the Lions Club and Jaycees, and was inaugurated by the then Minster of Health, Mr Yong Nyuk Lin.

Registered as a society in 1984 and accorded IPC (Institution of a Public Character) status as a charity in 1995 by the Ministry of Health, the Society is also a member of the National Council of Social Service and the Singapore Hospice Council. SCS celebrated 50 years of service in 2014. Being self-funded, the Society is heavily dependent on public donations to provide quality services to cancer patients, their families, and members of the public.


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About National Cancer Society Malaysia

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia / Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia (NCSM) is the oldest and first cancer-related NGO established in the country that has been advocating for cancer control in Malaysia for 50 years. We offer an extensive range of cancer services, education and support to the people affected by cancer and the public


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