Sock it to sar­coma

Melville Times - - Front Page -

MELVILLE res­i­dent Vic­to­ria O’Neill will never for­get the day her son Harry was di­ag­nosed with bone cancer when he was just nine years old.

Harry went un­der the knife to have a tu­mour in his shoul­der re­moved.

The now Year 11 Fre­man­tle CBC stu­dent has been clear of the dis­ease for six years.

Mrs O’Neill knows years of sar­coma re­search saved her son’s life and de­spite al­ready rais­ing more than $250,000 for cancer char­i­ties, re­mains ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing suc­cess­ful out­comes such as Harry’s be­come more com­mon.

From sky­div­ing to trekking the Great Wall of China, Mrs O’Neill’s fundrais­ers have taken many forms.

This Oc­to­ber she is back with good friend Sally Brindle and their lat­est ven­ture, the Ride and Stride for Sar­coma.

“Pre­vi­ously we have en­tered a team into the Ride to Con­quer Cancer but felt as mo­men­tum was grow­ing, it was time to look at or­gan­is­ing our own event to raise more aware­ness for sar­coma re­search,” Mrs O’Neill said.

“The event has been set up by Michelle Ainsworth, whose son Mitch had os­teosar­coma.”

Slated for Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 28, riders will ei­ther com­plete one lap (50km) or two (100km). The shorter stride com­po­nent is a 5km or 10km walk or run be­gin­ning from the same lo­ca­tion.

Riders and strid­ers pay a reg­is­tra­tion fee, with those tack­ling the bike course also com­mit­ting to rais­ing a min­i­mum of $750.

For more in­for­ma­tion or a reg­is­tra­tion form, email events@sockit­tosar­ u or call 9427 1744. To do­nate, visit https://give.ev­ery­day­­sar­coma.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d473877

Sally Brindle and Vic­to­ria O'Neill.

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