RAISED SO FAR
IT'S CANCER'S TURN
to be afraid.
By taking part in the MACA Cancer 200, you’re supporting an amazing group
of researchers dedicated to developing kinder treatments and better outcomes
for the people that matter most in our lives – your family and friends.
After riding for the 9th time in 2020 things became a lot more personal for me.
I left my Gynaecologist office with a Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer (adenocarcinoma) and the next day I went straight to a Gynecologic Oncologist who confirmed the diagnosis of a cancerous tumour in my cervix... and as it was, went straight from there to an event at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, quite fitting really!!
This ride has become my life, and I can’t imagine not being involved in helping to raise awareness, raise funds and be involved in finding answers to treat cancer.
In my family’s early discussions, it became very apparent that we had so many of our close family and friends diagnosed, undergoing treatment, surviving or losing their lives to cancer.
In 2007, I noticed a fairly large lump in my throat on morning as I was shaving –something that seemed to appear overnight.
At first I put it down to possible swelling from an impact at football training the night before so I left it to see if it would reduce over a couple of days.
In 2012 a friend asked me to join her team for the inaugural ride. I literally couldn’t think of a reason to say no so I bought a bike and off I went!
The work the Perkins do is so important and impactful. Without fundraising they couldn’t do what they do and this is my way of giving something back to the community.
I am celebrating 10 years with the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research.
One thing I’ve learned about cancer is that it’s not a fair fight. It doesn’t care if you’re fit, healthy, or young. It’s not selective about who you are — you can still get taken away.
But it’s my hope, that one day, research can change that.
The ride is important to me as I feel as though I am doing something to help.
I felt helpless watching Mum pass away before my eyes. I tried to offer support to her wherever I could, visiting her in hospital every day to hold her hand, bring her food, telling her about my day – it was all I could do. Not being able to do anything tore me apart.
Thank you for being part of a movement to end cancer for good. There are no cancerbreakthroughs without medical research and there’s no medical research without you.
After ten years, the Ride has raised over $40M for cancer research. You’ve ensured WA researchers can continue to strive for a cancer free future. Thank you for your support and loyalty.
Welcome to the Perkins family.
MACA (Mining and Civil Australia) has been the principal partner for the ride for the past 10 years. Fielding the largest team, MACA is personally responsible for raising over $17m for cancer research. They are an organisation that lives their values.
They believe in giving back to the community in which they live and work. Being personally touched by cancer in their workforce, MACA rides for the cause and for a cure.