About RIDE to
Fight Cancer

About RIDE to Fight Cancer

What does it take to find cures for cancer? Dedication? Smarts? Perseverance? Technology? Our researchers here at Peter Mac have all that and more. But we can’t do this alone.

What would you give to bring hope to every person diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones? Your sweat, your determination, your passion?

Tens of thousands of our wonderful community of supporters have done just that over the last four years by taking part in Unite to Fight Cancer. They even turned out en masse when UNITE went virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic – across not only Victoria but the rest of Australia too.

Due to the success of our UNITE virtual format, we’ve decided to split the event into two challenges for 2022 – a RIDE in April / May and a 10-day Walk in October.

Our first Ride to Fight Cancer proved to be hugely successful. Thank you to the over 1,500 Riders who took part, and for raising over $500k to help give all people with cancer the best chance of a cure.

Next up will be Walk to Fight Cancer later in the year. Watch this space for news of the next opportunity to unite to fight cancer with Peter Mac!

UNITE in numbers

9K

Almost 9,000 fantastic fundraisers who have United to Fight Cancer with us since 2018.

$5M

Almost $5 million has been raised to accelerate cancer research at Peter Mac.

90K

Over 90,000 friends, family members and colleagues have supported by donating.

Giving hope

The vital funds raised through events like Ride to Fight Cancer help enable our cancer researchers to continue their life-saving work into discovering new cancer cures.

One of the most exciting recent advancements that benefits from this support is immunotherapy, the first totally new treatment modality for cancer in over 50 years. Immunotherapy harnesses the body’s natural defences to fight against cancer by either activating or suppressing the body’s own immune system. It’s been a game changer for many blood cancers, but so far, scientists have been unable to discover a way for immunotherapy to be effective on solid tumours.

That’s why Peter Mac researchers, Professor Joe Trapani and Professor Gail Risbridger, have teamed up. They believe that by combining their extensive research experience, they will discover the right combination of therapies that will make immunotherapy an option for more people with cancer.

Your support will help accelerate cancer research like Prof Risbridger and Prof Trapani’s to give all people with cancer the best chance of a cure.

Giving hope

“Even better than curing cancer is preventing cancer! Exercise, improving our diets, and tackling obesity are very effective ways to lower cancer risk.

“As a committed cyclist, I’ll definitely be taking part in the RIDE this May. I know how important events like this are in raising critical funds to continue delivery of Peter Mac’s mission and defeating cancer. I very much hope you’ll join me!”.

– Professor John Seymour AM, Director of the Integrated Haematology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

“Even better than curing cancer is preventing cancer! Exercise, improving our diets, and tackling obesity are very effective ways to lower cancer risk.

“As a committed cyclist, I’ll definitely be taking part in the RIDE this May. I know how important events like this are in raising critical funds to continue delivery of Peter Mac’s mission and defeating cancer. I very much hope you’ll join me!”.

– Professor John Seymour AM, Director of the Integrated Haematology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Any questions?

You might find the answer on our FAQs page – but if not, or if you’d prefer to chat to someone, please get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help!