Long ride to re­search common male can­cer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

SIXTY-four-year-old Greg Wil­liamson says he is ready to ride 300km, which is ex­actly what he will be do­ing next week­end.

The South Perth res­i­dent will be tak­ing part in the 2014 ProState Ac­tive cy­cle, rid­ing from Perth to Mar­garet River to raise aware­ness of prostate can­cer.

Ev­ery year more than 20,000 new cases of prostate can­cer are di­ag­nosed in Aus­tralia, more than one di­ag­no­sis ev­ery 30 min­utes.

It is es­ti­mated that there are about 120,000 Aus­tralian men liv­ing with prostate can­cer, a num­ber that is pre­dicted to in­crease to 267,000 by 2017.

Mr Wil­liamson was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease more than five years ago and has since been treated un­der a re­search pro­gram funded by events like the ProState.

“Last year I was the old­est rider in the event and we all fin­ished the 300km in some ab­so­lutely abysmal weather; this is my small way of pay­ing back,” he said.

Join­ing him on his ride is his neigh­bour Marie-Therese Hunter, who sup­ported Greg dur­ing his ra­di­a­tion and re­cov­ery. Visit prostate­ac­tive.com.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Event founder Jeremy Watkins, Greg Wil­liamson,South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty and Marie-Therese Hunter.

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