‘Les Copains’ to rescue for chef
EMMANUEL Mollois was teaching his son to ride a bike when he broke his arm, but doctors found more than a shattered humerous.
The French-born pastry chef said had he felt pain in his right arm for six months that he attributed to the set of his bicycle handlebars.
“The front wheel of my son’s BMX got caught on the gutter; I flipped over like a pancake and landed on my arm,” Mr Mollois said.
The 46-year-old Jolimont resident said doctors described the break as “very strange” and they later found multiple myeloma tumours.
“As soon as you’ve got cancer, you’re put into rooms with people who’ve got cancer and you suddenly meet people who’ve got their own stories.” Mr Mollois said. “You realise it’s bigger than you.”
For three months, Mr Mollois said he was “physically drained” during chemotherapy and radiotherapy but friends helped by delivering cooked meals and walking the family dogs.
After cycling in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for three years to support a friend who lost her daughter to sarcoma, Mr Mollois said he and his friends would ride to raise awareness of his particular cancer.
On October 17 and 18, more than 1200 people will ride 208km from Perth to Mandurah and back to raise money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Mr Mollois said his friends supported him by forming a cycling team called “Les Copains”, which means “the friends” in French.
After months of riding on an indoor trainer, Mr Mollois said he and the team would be going “very slowly”.
“It is a matter of riding together for a good cause,” he said. “I will do that ride for as long as I live, not just for me, for the younger generation.”
Harry Perkins Institute director Peter Leedman said proceeds would support “world-class research” in Perth.
“We raised $5.2 million last year and achieved some stellar results,” Professor Leedman said.
Prof Leedman said he had participated in the event since it began four years ago.
“It’s a weekend of highs and lows with a real warm brotherhood and sisterhood bond – it’s quite emotional,” he said.
Emmanuel Mollois is taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.