At the finish line!
We Did It! But not too late to Donate.
Yesterday we finished our ride ?to conquer cancer?; riding over 200km and up and down so many hills I lost count. The ride and the lead up to it has been quite an experience, both physically and emotionally. (Please read all the way down f you have not visited my personnel page before)
We are all aware of the devastating reach of cancer, and the huge fight our family and friends have had, and/or are having, in coping and hopefully beating it. However what has completely overwhelmed me, is how so many people are able to turn this into a positive force ? complete strangers standing on the side of the road, cheering your name, hundreds of volunteers getting up at 3 am to ensure you have breakfast and are well fed during the day, and the list goes on. So many people joining together to support each other, for the ultimate prize of beating cancer.
Our Team "Matt's Mate" managed to lead the fund raising with close to $150,000 (maybe over that now) and Matthew was the leading individual fundraiser. Overall the ride raised over $6.2 million and counting. I understand this is some sort of record for an Australian fundraiser. I also managed to reach my target with your help.
Thank you for your support, whether it has been a donation, kind words, and/or just being there. I know Peter Mac will use the funds raised wisely, and in some way we will all benefit from the amazing research and treatment that is conducted by them.
Be prepared to hear from us again - Matthew and I have already signed up for 2013.
If you have not donated it is not too late ? see links below and/or wait a few months to support and respond to our 2013 efforts.
It is such a great cause that effects us all, and we trust that all our efforts have gone some way to "conquer cancer".
Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer
Some time ago my brother-in-law (Matthew) suggested that I join him in an event called "The Ride to Conquer Cancer" as a way to demonstrate support to his wife (Kylie) and their family, as they struggled with Kylie's cancer. I immediately jumped on-board, as it was something concrete I could do to show my support for them. Unfortunately, after a long illness and an inspiring and difficult fight, Kylie recently lost her battle.
As many of you know, I am a long way from being the scientist who will make the critical breakthrough to find a cure, but I can and will be participating in this event - "The Ride to Conquer Cancer" benefiting the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Through this event, I am hoping my involvement will help to prevent other families from having to struggle and deal with the devastating consequences cancer.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a 2-day bike ride, over 200 kilometres, throughout the scenic countryside of Victoria. As you can imagine, riding that far is not going to be a simple feat. I have been, and will continue to train and get in shape, but I'm excited that I can do something to support the fight against cancer.
I am also privileged to be part of (Matt"s Mates), a team that has been put together through Matthew"s work to ride in this event. Matt"s boss (Martin) has inspired many organisations to give generously and allowed us to be very successful already in raising funds. The bulk of my fund raising to date has come from splitting Institutional donations across the team. For me, I need to also demonstrate commitment to raise funds at a personal level and I hope your donation will assist this.
My goal is to raise $6000 and I really hope you'll help me get there, or hey, even beat it. It's hard asking my family and friends for money, but this cause and this event are very important to me. I hope that you can donate something no matter how small. The proceeds will help fund life-saving work being done at Peter Mac.
Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support Peter Mac, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer.
Thank you in advance for your help.