Why I do the Smiling for Smiddy ride every year
This year in May, as I have been doing every year since 2016, I’ll once again be doing the Smiling for Smiddy ride - this time in Far North Queensland (staying in Qld, thanks to the risk of border closures!) - cycling about 700 km over five days.
Why do I do this ride every year?
Cancer sucks... Just about everyone's family has been affected by cancer; in mine (in chronological order):
1. Dad died from Lung cancer
2. Grandpa died from Melanoma
3. Step-father died from Pancreatic cancer
4. Grandma suffered from Lung cancer in her final months (even aged 95!)
5. Mum has - very thankfully - now beaten Breast cancer twice.
The last point is particularly noteworthy - in both cases, my Mum "should" have died. Ten years ago, she definitely would have. In fact, with the lastest bout, she would have died the first time she had it, had she experienced the same metastases. BUT, thanks to continuing progression in cancer treatments, she has survived.
This only happens because of on-going cancer research, in labs like Mater's.
So every year, I’m committed to doing my bit to raise valuable funds to support the work of Mater Research — Mater’s world-class research institute that’s investing in some game-changing work into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.
And this is where I need your help.
Together, we can help to give more families more time together; to make more memories.
Will you support my fundraising by making a donation to my fundraising page today?
Thank you to my Sponsors
Paul J Beauchamp