Ride for can­cer cure

Cockburn Gazette - - MONEY TALKS -

THE team keep­ing Coogee beach vis­i­tors safe dur­ing the warmer months will spread their wings this week as they tackle the Ride to Con­quer Can­cer.

The two-day, 200km ride raises money for the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search.

Coogee Cycling Crew team leader Sarah McDon­ald, who is also di­rec­tor of life­sav­ing at the pop­u­lar Coogee Beach Surf Life­sav­ing Club, said the team were aim­ing to top their 2015 ef­fort of $40,000. Spurring them on are the bat­tles faced by friends and fam­ily.

Crew mem­ber Paul Tarzia was di­ag­nosed with an ag­gres­sive brain tu­mour two weeks af­ter sign­ing up for the ride in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

“He has been bat­tling ever since and had co­pi­ous amounts of treat­ment, but he man­aged to fin­ish the ride last year and will be do­ing it again this year,” Ms McDon­ald said.

“He is a huge inspiratio­n to all of us as his con­di­tion can’t be cured; it is be­ing man­aged in the hope that some bet­ter treat­ment or cure is found.”

Cock­burn MLA Fran Lo­gan, who has done the ride once be­fore, will join the team on their 2016 quest.

He said he hoped the team could raise im­por­tant money and aware­ness of the is­sue.

Visit www.con­quer­cancer. org.au.

To do­nate search Coogee Cycling Crew on Face­book.

Pic­ture: Brad Cuff

The Coogee Crew.

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