Rider
Stories

Ryan
Dunham

YEARS RIDDEN:

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

WHY I RIDE?

Eight years ago I was diagnosed with, and ultimately survived, non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  Only 12 months later my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Then again two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, and have now been in remission for a second time for eight months.  Our story demonstrates that cancer research does allow people like my wife and me another opportunity at life.  I ride in the hope the money I raise for the Perkins allows other people to survive and live cancer free.

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THE EVENT:

Can.  The word cancer starts with can.  I can.  You can.  We can.  We ride because we can. 

THE BEST THING ABOUT CANCER 200:

Seeing everyone riding and realising that they’ve raised money and are riding for cures for me and for everyone else like me who has ever been diagnosed with cancer.

ADVICE TO SOMEONE RIDING FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Sign up and ride, because it will change your life.

Team
Mamils

YEARS RIDDEN:

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

WHY WE RIDE?

Our story is about two mates who had known each other since early high school in the mid 80s. Eight years ago one of them discovered that he had throat cancer, and this husband and father of two young children faced the very grim journey of treatment and recovery. The other mate, feeling quite helpless about it all, saw an ad on TV for the Ride and signed himself up to raising $2,500 and riding 200km in two days back in 2011.  The great news is that after going through hell and back with the chemo and radiation treatment, it was successful!  What makes this an even better story is that in 2012, this now fully recovered cancer survivor walked over to the registration desk at the end of that year’s Ride and signed himself up to ride with his mate the next year…  and thus team MAMILS was born!  Each wonderful member of Team MAMILS rides for their own very special reason.

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THE EVENT:

Inspiring.

THE BEST THING ABOUT CANCER 200:

There’s no one who has done this event whose life it hasn’t changed.  It helps and gives back to so many in so many ways.  To the victims of cancer and to every person who takes up the challenge of riding.  Oh, and getting off you bike and the cold beer at the end! 

ADVICE TO SOMEONE RIDING FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Without saying "just do it", just do it…   Just have a crack.  You’ve got nothing to lose.

(pictured are Craig, Franko, Chad, Stuart, Michael, Lincoln, Gibson, Debbie, Ben, Samantha and Wayne)

Team
Iluka

YEARS RIDDEN:

2018 was our first year but Iluka has been participating since 2012.

WHY I RIDE?

We ride for fun and for fitness and team building. It’s an amazing opportunity, to ride with colleagues and like-minded people all with a common goal of reducing the impact of cancer. 

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THE EVENT:

Rewarding.

THE BEST THING ABOUT CANCER 200:

The best thing is the sense of community you experience riding with hundreds of people whose efforts are making a multi-million dollar contribution to help fight cancer.

ADVICE TO SOMEONE RIDING FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Don't think about it, just get on your bike.  Oh, and pack your spares kit, because even if you don’t know how to change a flat, there'll be someone else who does!


(pictured are Naomi Milne and Neil Foster)