Friday, 13 June 2014

On Life, Death and Cycling

Someone told me a few weeks ago that they did not know I was a cyclist. I replied that I did not know myself! What I did know was that 1 in 2 Australians would be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. I also knew that I wanted to contribute as much as I can to see the world without cancer! This is the reason why I registered to ride my bicycle for 2 days in October covering 200 km of the beautiful Australian countryside!

 I’ve been training for five months now. It’s a torture to ride a bike from work for 25 km in +40°heat. It’s even more uncomfortable to cycle 25 km to work at 6 am in the middle of winter when it’s pitch dark and only +2°C. When I cycled my first 65 km in one hit I thought I was going to die, I was literally feeling sick. A couple of weeks ago I had my first somersault over the handle bar ending up with grazes and huge black bruises on various parts of my body.
First bike fall, Exhibit 1
First bike fall, Exhibit 2
But my cycling challenges do not compare with those of cancer survivors or their families. I know firsthand what if feels like to hear that frightening diagnosis. When 4 years ago I was told I had melanoma, for the first few moments I felt the world was falling apart. But I was the lucky one, I am all clear now and my life is going on. So many others are not that fortunate.
Today I attended a funeral of one of the most beautiful souls I ever met. Sadly she lost her battle with cancer. She was young, full of dreams, hopes and plans for the future. She had so much potential and drive. She loved everyone she knew and everyone loved her.
The loss of Elaine is extremely heartbreaking. She was 45. Her birthday is on 14 October, and four days later I will be riding my Ride to Conquer Cancer. I am sure that gorgeous Elaine will be looking over me and reminding me every minute of my cycling why I am doing it!

I would like to invite my friends and family to join me in my fundraising efforts. Any contribution you might wish to make, no matter how small, will help raise the funds for cancer research. The organisers ask all riders to achieve a donation target of $2,500 (I am about 70% there), but obviously I would like to exceed this by as much as possible.
You can support me by visiting my personal page:
and clicking on the green button DONATE ONLINE NOW.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Together we'll make cancer history!