Everyone who rides, volunteers or fundraises for this event is a hero. Here are some champions of the MACA Cancer 200. Meet them and hear their incredible stories below.
Sisters Clare, Suzie, Michelle
“Team FiTi50 is Kath’s legacy and to ride it is to honour her.”
My sisters Michelle, Suzie and I (Clare) are riding together as part of Team FiTi50 - a team co-founded in 2017 by our late sister, Kathy Bunce. Kathy first participated in the Ride in 2013 after we lost our mum to cancer. Sadly, Kathy was later diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer, Myeloid Sarcoma in 2017. Even as she underwent chemotherapy, she continued to train but lost her battle before she could ride. Team FiTi50 continues her legacy, and riding with them is a heartfelt honour.
Team FiTi50 represents Kathy's unwavering passion to the Ride and cancer research. The funds we raise hold the power to change lives. All donations support research at the Perkins for finding better treatments, while giving hope to those affected by cancer.
Through the Ride we celebrate the memories of our sister and mum, Lorraine. Riding with Team FiTi50 keeps their spirits alive and strengthens our family’s bond. It's a profound way for us to make a difference.
Team MACA 2023
“I'm determined to complete the Ride.”
In 2015, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Despite surgeries and treatments, the cancer spread to my right lung and resulted in Transverse Myelitis causing paraplegia. The doctors gave me five years, but I plan on surpassing their expectations. I have unfinished business, including participating in the Ride.
Last year, my wife Jan and I planned to ride for the first time, but I ended up in the hospital due to a loss of leg sensation. My condition worsened, leading to an emergency bowel operation that saved my life. However, the ongoing effects of Transverse Myelitis did mean I would spend the next five and a half months in hospital.
Through the support of my family and the wonderful care by the staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus I am now home and looking forward to the Ride. I'm now relearning how to walk and perform daily tasks. It's a struggle, but I'm resilient. This year, with my lovely Jan by my side, I'm determined to complete the Ride and join my fellow riders.
“We have our own reasons for riding, and we support each other. We are fighting our own fight together.”
For my first Ride I will be cycling alongside my dad who has ridden for six years to honour my grandfather, Georgie who passed away when I was 13. He was one of my most favourite humans in the world. He lived life loudly and never missed a chance to tell my brothers and I how much he loved us.
Losing Granddad Georgie to cancer was heartbreaking. Then to lose my other Granddad Barry several years later was devastating. Granddad Barry was the captain of our ship, family was everything to him.
I now want to get involved in the fight against cancer. I’m not a scientist or a millionaire or a genius of any kind but I can help by fundraising for the Ride. My hope is raising funds for the Perkins will bring us closer to finding new therapies or better cancer detection methods.
I’m excited to join and be supported by the Ride community, and I can’t wait for that euphoric feeling crossing the finishing line. But more than anything, I just want to do my Granddads proud.
Team Captain, Bush Bikers
“I wouldn’t be here without medical research.”
I survived prostate cancer and I know that’s because of research. It’s why I joined the Ride in 2018 with my team the Bush Bikers. Because it’s only through ongoing medical research that we can beat this disease. My team changes each year yet for each member, cancer has touched all our families. I sadly lost my Dad, teammate Damien’s wife successfully battled ovarian cancer and Neil’s wife Teresa lost both of her parents at a young age. This needs to stop. Riding in the Cancer 200 is a way to mobilise the community to support vital funding for WA cancer research.
Each member has their own cancer story to tell, and being a small community team and firm friends, we have supported each other throughout our journeys. The Ride is our way of not letting cancer win by making sure Perkins researchers can reduce the impact of treatments and increase survival rates. It’s also a fantastic weekend. It’s incredibly well-organised, fun and we cherish the camaraderie between the riders as we share the highs and lows.
“The Ride has been described as a selfless act, but to be honest it’s so rewarding.”
I don’t think I realised what I was getting myself into when I first joined Team MacMahon in 2019. I thought it may have just been a fun physical charity event but what I quickly found out was that the Cancer 200 Ride community is incredibly supportive. It goes beyond cycling 200km over two days, it’s an opportunity to surround yourself with other passionate people who champion such a significant cause.
With that in mind, whenever I meet someone new, I speak about the cause and ask for their support. And most people are only too happy to donate!
Fundraising for cancer research, when I know that it will directly contribute to Perkins researchers is incredibly rewarding. With continued support they will hopefully discover new treatments that may lead to cancer being non-lethal.
Team Captain, Team MinRes
“The ride makes me feel closer to my Mum.”
When my beloved mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she was one of the early recipients of a new drug Herceptin. With this targeted therapy she made an incredible recovery and was in remission for 10 years before the cancer came back. Without that new drug, we may not have had as many more years together as we did. Mum showed me the importance of embracing the positive side of life, and now as I ride in tandem with my wife Lindsey, I carry her strength with me to fight cancer.
Mum was my first reason to ride and always will be.
I don’t want anyone else to feel the heartache of cancer so joining the Ride as Team Captain of MinRes is my way to help Perkin researchers fight cancer, so no individual has too. It’s also amazing to belong to a group of big-hearted, like-minded people and friends who all have a common goal. And there is nothing like the feeling of crossing the finish line together.
Team Captain, Team Bolt Fitness
“I know that true wealth is health.”
I am a gym owner. I live a healthy active life, but I also have regular check-ups with my doctor if anything concerns me. I do this because both of my grandfathers, my gran and my dad were diagnosed with cancer. My dad survived bowel cancer, but the experience changed him, and he hasn’t been able to enjoy the things that used to make him happy. In my gym, we have members living with cancer others who have survived and others who are supporting loved ones. I see the devastation cancer causes every day.
That is why I am determined to do what I can by fundraising for the Ride. Because if the money I raise for cancer research at the Perkins can help one person live a longer, healthier life, then I’m happy.
The Ride is such a special event, even though there are 1,500 riders it feels like we are all on the same team when we ride. Whether in a team or riding solo there’s always a smile to see and a person to be inspired by.