SAM CY­CLES ACROSS QLD FOR CAN­CER

Cy­clist will travel over 2000km for the Mater Foun­da­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Annie Perets

A FEW months af­ter los­ing his mother to can­cer, cy­clist Sam Cooke is head­ing across Queens­land to raise money for present and fu­ture can­cer suf­fer­ers.

Glo­ria Cooke lived in Monto for over 50 years and bat­tled blad­der can­cer since 2010 – the dis­ease which ul­ti­mately claimed her life on April 16. She was aged 76. “I’ll be do­ing the char­ity bike ride from Bris­bane to Mt Isa via Rock­hamp­ton, cov­er­ing over 2000km and hop­ing to do that in 14 days,” Cooke said.

“Aside from my mum, there’s a his­tory of can­cer in my fam­ily and it’s a dis­ease that af­fects so many peo­ple.”

The Monto-born and raised ath­lete is no stranger to a phys­i­cal chal­lenge, hav­ing com­pleted 14 iron man triathlons.

“In this ride, I’ll be com­pletely solo and uno,” he said.

“It’ll be just me and what­ever I can fit into my bag, and then stop at the dif­fer­ent places at night.

“The long­est solo ride I’ve done be­fore was Sun­shine Coast to Glad­stone, which took 3.5 days to do.

“I know what to ex­pect when I get out west, as I lived in Mt Isa for 13 years.”

Cooke aims to raise at least $3000 from the trip, with funds to go to the Mater Hospi­tal Can­cer Char­ity Foun­da­tion.

Though Cooke lives on the Sun­shine Coast now, he has some favourite bike rides to do when vis­it­ing his home­town, where he lived un­til he was 17 years old.

“If I want a nice, short ride, I’ll go up to Ca­nia Dam and back,” he said.

“For a longer dis­tance, I like to ride to Eidsvold and then back to Monto.”

To do­nate to Cooke’s ride and cause, go to the Glo­ria for Can­cer Ride Face­book page and click more info to be taken to the do­na­tion page.

He sets off on July 17, start­ing in Bris­bane.

“I’m con­fi­dent I can do it, but it will take quite a long time,” Mr Cooke said.

“On Face­book, I have de­tails on the routes on the dif­fer­ent days.

“Oth­ers can join me on the road in the dif­fer­ent sec­tions if they like.”

Sam Cooke I’ll be do­ing the char­ity bike ride from Bris­bane to Mt Isa, via Rock­hamp­ton, cov­er­ing over 2000km and hop­ing to do that in 14 days.

PHOTO: ANNIE PERETS

WHEELY OVER CAN­CER: Monto-born Sam Cooke will ride a dis­tance of about 2000km to raise money for the Mater Hospi­tal Can­cer Char­ity Foun­da­tion, in mem­ory of his mother Glo­ria.

Glo­ria Cooke lived in Monto for about 50 years.

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