Dave Staley was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos just weeks before his 40th birthday.
Despite having a lung removed, the father of two has been cycling to get fit and this weekend will take part in a one hundred mile cycle event.
Tim Scott went to meet him.
Campaigners will gather in Manchester city centre in memory of those who've lost their lives to the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma.
Doves will be released to in memory of those who've already died from the disease. There will be a rally in Lincoln Square, off Brazennose Street in central Manchester at 12.30pm.
A health and safety watchdog says workers in the region are at more risk of being exposed to asbestos than anywhere else in the UK.
A report from the Health and Safety Executive warns North West tradespeople working in older buildings could come into contact with potentially-deadly material more than 130 times a year on average.
Fibres can pass into the lungs and lead to the development of asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis (breathing difficulty) and mesothelioma (a type of cancer). The HSE estimates asbestos-related diseases account for around 4,000 deaths a year in the UK.
Asbestos is more likely to be found in buildings built or refurbished before 2000. Anyone who is involved in building maintenance is potentially at risk if they disturb asbestos. The danger lies in any activity that disturbs the asbestos fibres, including removal, drilling, sanding and cutting.
Asbestos can be found in many parts of a building including: wallboards and ceiling tiles, asbestos cement used as corrugated roof panels, flat asbestos sheets used in partitioning, water tanks, pipes and guttering.
A day of action is being held in Manchester for the type of cancer caused by asbestos.
There has been a 55% increase in mesothelioma diagnoses in the last 5 years in Greater Manchester. That is triple the national average of the UK.
A mother who has terminal cancer is convinced she contracted it from asbestos in a school playground in Salford, 35 years ago.
When Penny Garner was diagnosed, doctors asked her when she had worked with the deadly substance.
The only explanation she could think of was the demolition of a public swimming baths, next to her school, in the 1970s.
Penny is now suing Salford Council and a demolition firm. The council declined to comment. The demolition company deny her allegations.