Re­search team takes Ride

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

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

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d460728

Dianne Bev­eridge with fel­low bik­ers Michael Epis, Louis Parker and Peter Leed­man.

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