‘Les Copains’ to res­cue for chef

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

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.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d441197

Em­manuel Mol­lois is tak­ing part in the Ride to Con­quer Can­cer.

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