Rid­ing his bike to raise cash in can­cer trib­ute

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Zizi Sparks

A man has stopped in Ro­torua this week on his 1200km jour­ney rais­ing money for prostate can­cer to pay trib­ute to a lo­cal man who died from the ill­ness.

Chris Jones is rais­ing money for prostate can­cer with a cy­cle from Christchurch to Hamp­ton Downs in Hamil­ton.

While his jour­ney ends in Hamp­ton Downs on Oc­to­ber 7, he’ll cy­cle for a fur­ther four hours around the track as part of Pedal4prostate, an en­durance race in sup­port of the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

The Christchurch man, who is the vi­cepres­i­dent of the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion, has sur­vived prostate can­cer him­self and stopped in Ro­torua as part of the jour­ney.

“Ro­torua wasn’t orig­i­nally on the course but one fea­ture of the ride is I ded­i­cate each day to a chap who is no longer with us be­cause of prostate can­cer.

“I ex­pe­ri­enced prostate can­cer and I’m able to get out on my bike and ride whereas the chaps I’m re­mem­bered ev­ery sin­gle day can’t.”

Jones was 51 when di­ag­nosed. He had no symp­toms and it was un­ex­pected. How­ever he found out early and was treated suc­cess­fully.

Jones started his ride on Septem­ber 23 and rolled into Ro­torua yes­ter­day to stay overnight.

He ded­i­cated the day to Ro­torua man Phil Hunt, who lost his bat­tle with prostate can­cer last year.

Jones will ride on to Cam­bridge, then to Ohaupo¯ ¯ and then to Hamp­ton Downs. He’s ask­ing peo­ple to spon­sor him per kilo­me­tre.

■ Go to www.face­book.com/ibike4u to do­nate.

Photo / Stephen Parker

Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion vi­cepres­i­dent Chris Jones.

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