Doc­tor sad­dles up for ProState ride

Melville Times - - News -

DE­CID­ING to sad­dle up in sup­port of prostate can­cer re­search was an easy choice for Kardinya res­i­dent Arek Mazurek, who helps to treat pa­tients with the dis­ease every week.

The med­i­cal physi­cist is based at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal and is re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing can­cer pa­tients re­ceive an ac­cu­rate dose of ra­di­a­tion ther­apy.

Mr Mazurek ar­rived in Perth from the UK two years ago and is gear­ing up for his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ProState Ac­tive bike ride.

“Although med­i­cal physi­cists don’t have a di­rect hands on re­la­tion­ship with pa­tients we in­di­rectly in­ter­act through the de­vel­op­ment of their treat­ment plans and the test­ing of de­liv­ered doses of ra­di­a­tion,” he said.

“I de­cided to sign-up for the ProState Ac­tive again be­cause I’m pas­sion­ate about cy­cling and en­joy the chal­lenge.”

Held over two days be­gin­ning Septem­ber 15, riders cover just over 300km from the Perth CBD to Bun­bury and then on to Mar­garet River.

Many of the cy­clists tak­ing part are prostate can­cer pa­tients, sur­vivors or fam­ily mem­bers and Mr Mazurek said he had been train­ing with his 20-strong group since May.

“We’ve been grad­u­ally build­ing up our dis­tance each week and it’s great to get the know the other peo­ple that you are rid­ing along­side,” Mr Mazurek said.

There are five teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ProState Ac­tive chal­lenge and they have raised a com­bined to­tal of $137,000 to date.

Funds raised from the ProState Ac­tive are do­nated to the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia.

To spon­sor a rider, visit http://www.prostate­ac­tive.com.au.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d473145

Med­i­cal physi­cist Arek Mazurek.

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