The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has announced it has raised $4 million to support its ground breaking cancer research through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer, held over the weekend of 15 – 16 October.
Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman extended his thanks to everyone who took part in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Professor Leedman particularly thanked title sponsor, MACA, for their extraordinary commitment to the Perkins.
“This year MACA have raised $1.2 million, bringing the total raised during their five year partnership with the Perkins to $6 million,” Professor Leedman said.
Professor Leedman also thanked Team Woodside, whose fundraising through the Ride over the past five years has totalled $1 million.
“It’s not only the big companies, it’s all the individual people whose lives have been touched by cancer and who decide to make a difference,” Professor Leedman said.
“Each year I ride alongside so many inspiring and courageous people who have battled cancer or who have lost children, or mothers, or siblings to this insidious disease.”
Five-time rider Sue Kingsley said her diagnosis with terminal breast cancer had strengthened her desire to give back.
“I ride because it makes me feel like part of a huge community and when I’m out there I don’t think that I have a shortened life, I think how much I can do for others,” Sue said.
Sue, who works at St John Ambulance, trains for the Ride between rounds of chemotherapy and long shifts at work.
In five years of fundraising for the event Sue has personally raised over $17,000 for cancer research at the Perkins.
Funds raised through the Ride directly support innovative cancer research projects, new equipment to speed up discoveries and ensure the best and brightest medical researchers remain in Western Australia.
Each year the two-day, 200km Ride brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters with one common goal to make a difference.
Registrations are now open for the 2017 Ride, which will be held over the weekend of 21-22 October 2017. Find out more at www.conquercancer.org.au