Ride2Cure Neu­rob­las­toma ped­als to Urana

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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.

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