Scooter ride for char­ity a su­per ef­fort

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

BRIDGETOWN man Si­mon Kane is gear­ing up for a sec­ond Su­perkids Su­per­heroes scooter ride to cel­e­brate the life of his son and raise money for re­search into child­hood can­cer.

Mr Kane, who lost his son De­clan to neu­rob­las­toma in May, said he and 16 other rid­ers in su­per­hero cos­tumes would leave Bridgetown on Fri­day headed for Perth.

Join­ing the ride will be Gelorup man Rhys Robin­son, who lost his daugh­ter to brain can­cer two days be­fore De­clan’s death aged just eight years.

Mr Kane said the aim was to fund re­search such as the clin­i­cal trial of di­flu­o­romethy­lor­nithine or DFMO, which im­proved De­clan’s qual­ity of life and gave the fam­ily ex­tra time with him.

“It re­duced so much of the side ef­fects from chemo, it was re­ally worth ev­ery bit we did and all the trav­el­ling we did,” he said.

The rid­ers will travel from Bridgetown to Perth via Pem­ber­ton, Dar­radup, Au­gusta, Mar­garet River, Bus­sel­ton, Bun­bury, Hoff­man, Man­durah and Coogee.

Mr Kane said any­one want­ing to show sup­port was wel­come to see them off from their start­ing point near Bridgetown Pri­mary School on Roe Street at 9am on Fri­day.

“If they want to come down and see us off or to catch up with us on the ride, or they wanted to get a bike and join in for $50 a day, they can – or just do­nate and share,” he said.

“It’s just get­ting the aware­ness

out there and if we can raise some funds that’s a bonus.”

The 2016 ride raised more than $48,000 for the Kids Can­cer Project. Do­na­tions for this year can be made on­line at­perkidssu­per­

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Si­mon and Kim Kane pic­tured with sons Brodie and De­clan be­fore the first Su­per­heroes ride in 2016.

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