Long ride to research common male cancer
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.
Event founder Jeremy Watkins, Greg Williamson,South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty and Marie-Therese Hunter.