Damian on a mis­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

DAMIAN Wil­liams knows first­hand what it is like to see some­one lose their bat­tle with can­cer.

Af­ter los­ing his cousin Tim to acute myeloid leukaemia in Jan­uary, Mr Wil­liams will com­bine his love of cy­cling with his pas­sion for mu­sic to fundraise for oth­ers liv­ing with can­cer.

On Satur­day night, he and his band Ran­dom Axe will host Rock for Can­cer at the Rail­way Ho­tel, with pro­ceeds to the Ride to Con­quer Can­cer, which ben­e­fits the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search, based in Ned­lands.

Mr Wil­liams said it will be the third year he has taken part in the ride, hav­ing raised more than $100,000 in the first two years.

“It’s for Tim and the thou­sands like him that fight bat­tles with can­cer ev­ery day, that is why I ride,” he said.

“At the start of the ride, there are peo­ple telling their sto­ries of sur­vival.

“It’s ex­tremely mov­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing and ev­ery­one is so pumped to be in­volved.

“Hav­ing peo­ple wav­ing and cheer­ing along the way is re­ally spe­cial.

“You get a feel for how much can­cer af­fects so many peo­ple and you have an enor­mous sense of achieve­ment at the end.”

Ran­dom Axe will per­form Rock for Can­cer on Au­gust 29 at the Rail­way Ho­tel.

Visit www.face­book.com/the Ran­dom-Axe-Band for more in­for­ma­tion.

The Ride to Con­quer Can­cer is on Oc­to­ber 17 and 18.

Damian Wil­liams is aim­ing to raise $60,000 this year for med­i­cal re­search to find a cure for can­cer.

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