In April 2017 I will be embarking on "The Ride"; a two part challenge to raise funds and awareness for life-changing breast cancer research through the National Breast Cancer Foundation. By December 2017 we hope to have raised over $50,000. I would appreciate anything you’re able to give – to make a donation please click ‘Give Now’ above.
The first part of the challenge is to ride our bikes (bicycles, not motorbikes!) over 2,600 kms and climb over 22,000m over 15 days from Adelaide to Port Macquarie (along the coast and via Melbourne and Sydney) to arrive at the start line of IRONMAN Australia. We'll be arriving in Port Macquarie on Friday 5th May and then competing in IRONMAN Australia on Sunday 7th May, 2017; IRONMAN is the toughest single day endurance sporting event on the planet and comprises of a consecutive 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run.
Up for the challenge and want to become a rider, check out The Ride. https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/the-ride (Limited availability).
The second part of the challenge is competing in multiple IRONMAN events throughout 2017. Prior to the Adelaide – Port Macquarie ride to get us to IRONMAN Australia we would have already completed IRONMAN New Zealand. We will then be undertaking IRONMAN Cairns and rounding out our fourth and final IRONMAN event for the year with IRONMAN Western Australia; For a full list of events please see my team page here; https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/the-ride
WHY BREAST CANCER RESEARCH?
Every person who takes on one of these ‘challenges’ has a back story and I suspect mine is not too dissimilar to any others. I took up triathlon a number of years ago when I was diagnosed with a IgA – a degenerative kidney disease that could potentially lead to the need for a kidney transplant. There’s no cure to IgA but keeping fit and healthy is one way to minimise kidney deterioration. IRONMAN Cairns (2013) was my first IRONMAN and even though I was doing something for myself my nature is to always do something for others; to be part of something bigger than yourself is far more rewarding. In a short time I raised funds and awareness for Kidney Health Australia, and last year I rode from Adelaide to Melbourne raising funds and awareness for CanTeen. More recently however, my mother-in-law, Necia Simmons, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Necia has undergone surgery followed by intensive chemotherapy and she is currently undergoing radio therapy.
It’s amazing the impact cancer has on the entire family network, not just the individual fighting it. Yes, our challenge will be painful but nothing like cancer. There are nearly 60,000 people living with breast cancer in Australia today, and through the National Breast Cancer Foundation we are raising funds for life-changing breast cancer research not just in recognition of my mother-in-law, but for every woman and family fighting breast cancer every day.