Research team takes Ride
A TEAM of researchers from Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has taken part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, helping to raise $4 million this year.
About 20 researchers, researcher support staff, board members and friends took part in the event last weekend.
The team has raised more than $1 million over the five years it has been involved. Institute director Peter Leedman said the researchers believed it was important to ride beside the hundreds of people who were working hard to raise funds for cancer research at the Institute.
“It’s not only the big companies, it’s all the individual people whose lives have been touched by cancer and who decide to make a difference,” Professor Leedman said.
“Each year I ride alongside so many inspiring and courageous people who have battled cancer or have lost children,
mothers or siblings to this insidious disease.” Money raised will be used to focus on research in hard-totreat cancers, including pancreatic, liver, triple negative breast cancer, prostate cancer and head and neck cancer. Prof Leedman said the fundraising went towards important cancer research at Perkins.
AT some point in their lives, many people make the sad discovery that someone they know or love is affected by a degenerative and life-threatening disease or illness. Researchers are working tirelessly in laboratories across the world trying to find cures for many diseases, including here in Perth. The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands is a wonderful facility where staff are currently working on prevention and cures for a whole range of diseases. It is heartening to know that researchers at this institute, whose work involves trying to save the lives of people they do not even know, are also spending their weekends fundraising and taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, so that more money can be raised to save lives. The work of medical researchers goes unacknowledged much of the time, but they deserve our respect for their dedication to their work and the tireless efforts they make to try to make a positive difference. Lisa Thomas Reporter
Dianne Beveridge with fellow bikers Michael Epis, Louis Parker and Peter Leedman.