Cancer suf­ferer’s ride comes to Deni

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - News -

Michael van Ewijk will ride 100km for each decade he’s been alive as part of a charity mis­sion.

The 700km ride will start in Bal­ranald on Septem­ber 24, in­clude an overnight stay in De­niliquin on day two, and fin­ish in Wagga by Oc­to­ber 3.

Through­out the ride, Mr van Ewijk will be fundrais­ing for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s WMozzies IWMF/LLS Strate­gic Re­search Roadmap Initiative.

The initiative specif­i­cally fo­cuses on Walden­stro¨m’s macroglob­u­line­mia (WM), which is a rare and in­cur­able form of blood cancer that typ­i­cally af­fects older adults.

It is among the dis­eases with the low­est levels of fund­ing re­search.

Mr van Ewijk — who is based in Mil­ton on the NSW south coast and turned 70 in April — was di­ag­nosed with the cancer in 2005.

‘‘It’s a cancer few peo­ple have heard of, as only about five peo­ple per mil­lion are di­ag­nosed each year,’’ he said.

‘‘I have lived with this lym­phoma for 15 years. My jour­ney with WM has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.

‘‘My first en­counter with chemo­ther­apy in 2011 of­fered a short re­mis­sion, but sub­se­quent at­tempts at chemo left me in­tractable to this type of treat­ment.

‘‘For­tu­nately I was able to get onto the in­no­vate trial at Con­cord Hos­pi­tal in 2014, for a new drug from the US called Ibru­ti­nib.

‘‘Un­like chemo­ther­apy Ibru­ti­nib is a tar­geted ther­apy and doesn’t have the ad­verse side ef­fects of chemo.’’

While liv­ing with WM, Mr van Ewijk said main­tain­ing his pas­sion for cy­cling was im­por­tant.

In that time he has par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of cancer fundrais­ing rides, be­gin­ning with the MS ride Wol­lon­gong in 2007.

He rode at the Tour Down Un­der in Ade­laide in 2009 where he raised money for WM re­search.

Since then he has com­pleted the three day 580km Smil­ing For Smiddy cancer ride in Bris­bane with his son Flyn in 2012, and the Lym­phoma Australia’s Par­lia­ment House Can­berra to the Opera House Syd­ney ride in 2015.

The route from Bal­ranald to Wagga will of­fer a trip down mem­ory lane for Mr van Ewijk’s part­ner and ride sup­port per­son Elizabeth Muntz, who grew up in the Bir­rego district and at­tended school in Nar­ran­dera and Wagga.

‘‘The plan is to set out from Bal­ranald on Septem­ber 24, ar­riv­ing in Nar­ran­dera some­where around Septem­ber 29 and 30, and then fin­ish in Wagga about Oc­to­ber 3,’’ Mr van Ewijk said.

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‘‘These dates will de­pend on when days need to be taken.’’

Ride days are as fol­lows:

● Bal­ranald to Moulamein

● Moulamein to De­niliquin

● De­niliquin to Jer­ilderie

● Jer­ilderie to Boree Creek

● Nar­ran­dera to Griffith

● Griffith to Nar­ran­dera

● Nar­ran­dera to Wagga

Mr van Ewijk has so far raised $7000 for the WMozzies IWMF/LLS Strate­gic Re­search Roadmap Initiative.

To do­nate, go to www.cel­e­brateleuka­emi­afoun­da­tion.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/michael-s-700km-can­cer­ride.

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■ Sev­enty year-old cancer suf­ferer Michael van Ewijk is em­bark­ing on a 700km charity ride which will in­clude a stop in De­niliquin.

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