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 also 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 – the 10-day RIDE in April and a 10-day Walk in October.

So to all of the cyclists out there – rookies and racers alike – please join us for our very first Ride to Fight Cancer. Your support will help give all people with cancer the best chance of a cure.

And for our wonderful walkers – we’re putting plans together for an inaugural Walk to Fight Cancer later in the year – so watch this space!

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

“I’m passionate about fundraising for Peter Mac because I have a close connection to the cause – my dad Graeme has been battling cancer for the last 11 years. Over that time, I’ve seen him get very sick, and then fight his way back to health with the life-saving treatment he receives.”

– Wesley Sissing, UNITE participant since 2018

“I’m passionate about fundraising for Peter Mac because I have a close connection to the cause – my dad Graeme has been battling cancer for the last 11 years. Over that time, I’ve seen him get very sick, and then fight his way back to health with the life-saving treatment he receives.”

– Wesley Sissing, UNITE participant since 2018

Your questions
answered

What support will I get to help me tackle RIDE?

You’ll have a dedicated personal coach soon after you join us. They’ll be there to answer your questions, give advice and share both fundraising and
training resources.

How will I track my cycling kms?

You can either track your distance automatically (by connecting to Strava) or manually on your fundraising hub, whichever you prefer.

Will there also be a Unite to Fight Cancer event this year?

Yes – this year instead of hosting a ride and walk Unite to Fight Cancer event in October, we will be hosting two virtual events; Ride to Fight Cancer in May and Walk to Fight Cancer in October.

“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 other 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!