Ride2Cure Neuroblastoma pedals to Urana
A fundraising bike ride from Brisbane to Adelaide will see 65-year-old Scottish cyclist Steve Taylor stop over in Urana on Wednesday, September 5 as part of his 2,222km Ride2Cure Neuroblastoma tour.
Aiming to generate awareness of childhood cancer neuroblastoma – and with an ultimate goal of raising $100,000 for the cause – Steve will stay in the town before heading on to Conargo. He aims to reach Adelaide on Friday, September 14.
Steve has been dubbed the ‘LifeCycle’ man for his previous efforts in cycling the equivalent of twice the circumference of the earth since his 60th birthday. It was at that time he became aware of some local children suffering from neuroblastoma and decided to start fundraising for the cause.
“The plan to ride 2,222km in total is a deliberate choice as it’s children aged two years old who are most commonly diagnosed with neuroblastoma,” Steve said.
“This is my most ambitious fundraising challenge yet, but I’m passionate about doing my bit to give kids affected by this terrible disease a future.”
Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumour of childhood, usually originating in the abdomen and almost exclusively affecting children aged zero to five years.
Currently only 50 per cent of children diagnosed with aggressive neuroblastoma will survive and those who do are often left with significant long-term side effects from their toxic treatments.
Funds raised by Ride2Cure will go to registered charity Neuroblastoma Australia, which finances dedicated research projects through the Children’s Cancer Institute and other research institutes.
The charity was formed by its president Lucy Jones, following the loss of her daughter Sienna to the disease in 2010.
“We are so grateful to Steve for taking on this mammoth challenge,” Ms Jones said.
“Steve and his support driver are funding their own entire journeys – from flights, to accommodation, to support vehicle – meaning that every fundraising dollar he attracts goes directly towards finding better treatment options – and ultimately a cure – for neuroblastoma.”
To find out more about Ride2Cure, or to donate towards Steve’s goal, visit www.ride2cure.org.au.
Steve Taylor will make a Urana stop-over as part of his 2,222km bike ride fundraiser from Brisbane to Adelaide.