Damian rides to aid those who can’t

Cockburn Gazette - - NEAR YOU -

DAMIAN Wil­liams knows first hand 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.

Next month, he will join his band Ran­dom Axe at the Rail­way Ho­tel as he and his cy­cling group aim to raise $60,000 for the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search.

Mr Wil­liams said it would be the third year he took part in the event, hav­ing raised more than $100,000 in the first two.

“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 of 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/theRan­domAx­eBand for more in­for­ma­tion.

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

Damian Wil­liams aims to raise $60,000 for can­cer over the com­ing months.

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