RIDE DAILY

RIDE DAILY

ALL DONE

16 MAY

AND WHAT A JOURNEY!

Over the last 17 days, 1,580 riders completed 215,000km and raised over $518k – with more still coming in. Thank you!

On behalf of everyone at Peter Mac, we can’t thank you enough for your heroic efforts – and we hope to see you back on the bike with us once more in 2024.

Good luck!

DAY 17

15 MAY

Welcome to Day 17 – the final day of your Ride to Fight Cancer. How are you legs this morning? Ready for one final push to the finish?

It’s been an amazing 16 days so far with over 185,000km covered and $512k raised – and one more full day to take your challenge even further!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $512,000

has been raised so far

TODAY’S SPECIAL RIDER STORY IS… YOU!

All that we have achieved over the past 16 days is thanks to your sweat, passion, and never failing courage to take on this huge challenge – all to help Peter Mac give some of the brightest minds in cancer research the specialised technologies and resources they need to make important new breakthroughs – breakthroughs that will save lives.

Today as you take on your final ride, take a moment to reflect on all you have achieved – and don’t forget to take a photo and share it to Facebook and the Ride Facebook group.

Good luck today – and thank you again!

DAY 16

14 MAY

Can you believe our epic challenge is almost over?  Whether you’ve been in the saddle every day, or you’ve planned your ride for two big weekends, every ounce of effort and every dollar you’ve raised is making a huge impact in accelerating the search for cures.

So far we’ve raised over $508k and covered 180,000km – incredible!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $508,000

has been raised so far

“THE HARDEST THING I’VE EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH”

As we start the final weekend of this year’s RIDE, it’s a great time to reflect on YOUR reason for riding. Sean Mason joined RIDE for the first time this year – and has already raised over $4,000!

Sean shared his special reason for riding this year, as well as a wonderful photo.

“I am doing this in honour of my dad who was diagnosed with cancer on 24 December 21 and passed away on 12 February 2022.

“I’m wanting to raise as much money as I can for research so families don’t have to feel the pain ours is currently going through from the death of a loved one.

“Losing my dad was the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to deal with and I’m watching everyone around me hurt. I don’t want families in the future to experience the same heartbreak from this disease. 

“This photo is very old, but one of my favourites. It’s me and dad on his motorcycle.”

– Sean Mason

Thank you for sharing your story and photo with us, Sean.

Check back tomorrow – the final day of RIDE!

DAY 15

13 MAY

Our last weekend in the saddle is almost here!  Over 175,000km ridden and over $500k raised with just three days left!

Every year we are so inspired by the stories of our first-time riders and those who have come back year after year to make a difference – riders like Mal Padgett.

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $503,000

has been raised so far

“MAKING SENSE OF MY BROTHER GREG’S PASSING”

Mal not only pushes himself to the limit in his riding and fundraising, but he endlessly cheers on and supports his fellow riders every day in the Facebook group – thank you Mal! This year, he also featured in some fantastic media coverage in the lead up to RIDE, helping raise awareness and grow our impact.

We asked Mal what inspires him to give so much to fight cancer.

“My older brother, Greg, died of bowel cancer at the age of 47. He is the reason why I raise money for Peter Mac. Raising money for cancer research to find a cure helps make some sense of his passing – otherwise it is only pain and grief and a tragic loss of life for no reason.

“I’ve been involved since the first ride to Healesville in 2012 and in recent years friends and family have joined me as volunteers, riders and walkers. Together we’ve raised over $106,000. 

“This year’s ride is dedicated to a very close mate who was diagnosed with neck and tongue cancer just before Christmas. He’s just completed a course of chemo and radiation therapy at Peter Mac and I can’t thank them enough for looking after him so well. He said the building and facilities were amazing and the staff were so caring and professional that he felt like he was their only patient.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my mate fully recovered thanks to the incredible team at Peter Mac. I’m really hoping that he will ride with me one day as a proud member of Team Masali and that, together, we can help Peter Mac researchers find a cure for cancer.”

– Mal Padgett

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us, Mal.

Check back tomorrow for more RIDE updates.

DAY 14

12 MAY

Riders, you’ve got this! The finish line is in sight! Together so far, 1,580 riders have ridden over 168,000km and raised a huge $495k!  Thank you!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $495,000

has been raised so far

“I’M DETERMINED TO STAY FIT, ACTIVE AND HEALTHY”

Today’s shout-out goes to rider Robert Walters, who knows more than most just how big an impact your RIDE will have for Peter Mac’s cancer research this year.

“I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2018 and have undergone multiple treatments, including several chemotherapies, steroids, and other drugs and a stem cell transplant. Throughout all of this, I have been determined to stay fit, active, and healthy as I want my body to be able to be strong enough to tolerate and respond to the treatments. So far, it seems to be of benefit. 

“I can safely say that I did not take a single day off work throughout my treatments, except for the time I was in hospital having my stem cell transplant and a few weeks after that. I exercise every day (walking every day, cycling 100km a week and weights).  

“I cycle to the hospital every Monday for chemo and then ride home (a 20km round trip).

“My RIDE will raise awareness of the fantastic work that Peter Mac does. More awareness will hopefully lead to more donations, which in turn will lead to more research that will hopefully lead to a cure for the cancer I now have. So I want to be part of that!”

– Robert Walters

You’re an inspiration to us all, Robert!

Check back tomorrow for more updates.

DAY 13

11 MAY

Wow – what an epic challenge the Ride to Fight Cancer has been so far!

Over the past 13 days riders have overcome rain, hail, blistering cold and more to help raise over $490,000 – thank you so much!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $490,000

has been raised so far

“we can all do something to help find cures”

Today we wanted to give a huge shout out to one of our Charger superheroes, Angelo Cerato, who is back in the saddle for his seventh ride for Peter Mac – and has raised over $1,500.

We asked Angelo what kept him coming back and putting in the long hours in the saddle.

“Seven years ago I was asked by a friend if I would like to take on the challenge to help raise funds for the fight against cancer. As a cancer survivor, I thought what a great chance to help others fight this disease.   

“I had a mate called Gary who I have dedicated all my rides to. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was treated at Peter Mac over a 12-month period. But sadly he passed away. This left me with the desire to help others. 

“We can all do something to help find cures for this disease – so here I am again for ride seven! I’m proud to be riding for them again.” 

– Angelo Cerato

Thanks again – and keep checking back for more updates.

DAY 12

10 MAY

Keep on pedalling!

Wow – we’re now up to $483k – getting ever closer to half a million dollars!

Here’s some inspiration to get you up and into the saddle this Tuesday morning.

Good luck!

DAY 11

9 MAY

Are you rocking your helmet hair at work or on Zoom today?  It’s another great day to be on the bike and RIDE together to fight cancer!

Can you believe we’ve now raised over $476k? Thank you so much for everything you’re all doing to accelerate cancer research at Peter Mac.

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $476,000

has been raised so far

“A CAUSE CLOSE TO MY HEART”

Today we wanted to share Ash Robert’s story, who’s taking on a riding challenge for Peter Mac for the third time.

“Like most people, I’ve seen the harsh realities that cancer forces upon those diagnosed, as well as the impact on their families and friends.

“Over 36 years ago, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. This was a very difficult journey and has had a profound impact on her life. We are thankful she is one of the survivors.

“More recently, one of my work colleagues (in her 20s) was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at the Peter MacCallum Centre. I got to see the wonderful work Peter Mac does.

“The Ride to Fight Cancer is a cause close to my heart and ties in beautifully with my relatively new passion for cycling!”

Thank you for riding with us again this year, Ash, and for sharing your motivation for taking part.

Good luck on your ride today – check back for more updates tomorrow as RIDE goes into its second week!

DAY 10

8 MAY

Welcome to Day 10 of the Ride to Fight Cancer!

Whether you’ve been in the saddle every day, or you’ve planned your ride over the weekends – every ounce of effort and every dollar you’ve raised is making a huge impact in accelerating the search for cures.

So far we’ve raised over $468k and covered over 135,000km – incredible!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $468,000

has been raised so far

Gabriella

“we need to look out for one another”

Every day of the challenge we’ve been so humbled by the amazing stories of our riders, like Gabriella Fortunato.

“I stumbled across the Ride to Fight Cancer by complete accident! Reading through all the hard-hitting stories of other riders really resonated with me as I have also lost a lot to cancer. My Nonna (grandmother) was my best friend, and although she beat cancer once, she lost her second battle right before I graduated university.  

“She meant everything to me and I lived with her throughout the period where she became really sick, taking  her to doctors’ appointments, chemotherapy treatments, calling ambulances… It is incredibly upsetting and heartbreaking to watch the person you love fade away.

“When she passed, it left a huge hole in my heart. I just hope that my small contribution can in some way help someone else and make a difference in their lives. We need to look out for one another because… cancer sucks!” 

Thank you for riding with us this year Gabriella and for sharing your story.

Good luck on your ride today – and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more updates!

DAY 9

7 MAY

Wow, what another fast and furious Friday that was!

Our Friday donation match took us over $463k raised so far – that’s amazing, thank you!

Not only that, over 300 Riders have now earned their coveted RIDE jersey for the final days of the challenge – will you be next?  The great news is you still have another 9 days (and two weekends!) to reach your distance and fundraising goals.

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $463,000

has been raised so far

Tom

“Cancer treatment advancements have given us hope”

Today we wanted to give a special shout out to Tom Leong, who’s raised over $1,900 so far on his very first ride for Peter Mac.

“My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with stage four non-small cell lung cancer. Receiving this news was a complete shock to my family, and we were initially resigned to the fact this was pretty much a death sentence, with little hope for recovery. 

“Unknown to us at the time, however, was that developments and advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancers means that doctors now have multiple options for treatment.

“Her cancer was identified to be of a very specific genetic mutation, known as Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Positive (ALK+). This mutation has targetable therapy options, using drugs that specifically inhibit the gene of the cancer growth driver.

“She recently started her course of this medication, and her improvement has been nothing short of extraordinary. The care she has been given at Peter Mac has also been sensational. While the medications will not work forever because the cancer cells eventually develop resistance, there is ongoing research towards next generation treatments that aim to circumvent these resistance mechanisms. 

“I wanted to take on this challenge to raise awareness for cancer research. My family has been a beneficiary of recent cancer treatment advancements, and this has given us hope. Although everyone’s situation is unique, I am hopeful that with more research, treatments will be able to improve the prognosis and quality of life for all cancer patients and their families.”

– Tom Leong

Well done Tom and thank you for joining us this year!

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more updates.

DAY 8

6 MAY

Looking forward to an uninterrupted weekend of Riding to Fight Cancer?

Together, you and hundreds of other riders have raised an amazing $441k – so thank you!

But we’re not done yet. Let’s start building momentum today for a big push this weekend!

Also, don’t forget today’s big donation match!

An anonymous donor was so inspired by your heroics on Tuesday with the dollar match they’ve come forward to offer another $5,000 in donation matching from 12pm AEST today, Friday May 6!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $441,000

has been raised so far

Johanna

Donation matching Today from 12pm AEST

That’s right, all donations made from 12pm AEST today, Friday May 6 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000!

But that’s not all.

Pass $500 raised online by 5pm today, and we’ll express post your jersey to you by Monday morning for the last week of the RIDE Challenge.

Today we wanted to give a huge shout out to Johanna W, who took on her very first ride for Peter Mac ten years ago in 2012.

“My inspiration for it all was my mum, Leilani. She passed away this year on January 30 in the Peter Mac Palliative Care Ward. Me, my brother and her best friend were all at her bedside as she took her last breath. She had been battling lung cancer for 11 years and eventually it just took over her body. 

“She had never been a smoker, but I remember a doctor saying years ago that it was a cancer they found in Asian women and they don’t know why. 

“It was so touching to see the doctors who had treated her over the years at Peter Mac come by her room to say goodbye. All the staff there were amazing and I am forever grateful.

“My mum felt like such a rock star in her palliative care room and sent selfies to her family in the Philippines. She never imagined being treated in such a fancy hospital because she was just a simple woman who grew up in a small fishing village.

“She always had such a positive attitude about her illness and said she was going to get back to the Philippines to go fishing again! She made a lot of trips back in the 11 years with cancer and no one could tell she was sick.

Covid delayed her plans to get home for the last time and her body couldn’t take it any longer. We did however make her wish of returning home (whole and not cremated) possible. She was transported to her hometown of Leyte and she had a send-off fit for a queen. 

“I no longer live in Victoria, but this year’s ride is easier because I can do it from my new home state, NSW.”

– Johanna W

Johanna, thank you so much for riding with us over the years – and for the huge impact you’ve made for Peter Mac’s research!

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our weekend of ride updates.

DAY 7

5 MAY

An extra weekend to reach your goals!

Over the past week our Victorian riders in particular have encountered very wet weather on the roads – which has made it hard to reach their challenge total. 

With the wet weather expected to continue through the weekend, riders have reached out to us to ask if the challenge could be extended for another week.

The forecast for Victoria, where most of our riders are, is improving for next week, and in particular for next weekend.

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $426,000

has been raised so far

Ride to Fight Cancer Extended by One Week

You’ve asked – and we’ve listened. The safety of our riders is our number one priority – and while we are inspired by your commitment to push on regardless of the elements, we want to give you the best opportunity to reach your goals, and finish your ride safely.

Ride to Fight Cancer will now extend to May 15 – so you have an extra 10 days from today to complete your challenge, and two full weekends of riding as well as the work week in between.

But that’s not all the big news for today

An anonymous donor was so inspired by your heroics on Tuesday with the donation match – that they have come forward to offer another $5,000 in matching from 12pm AEST tomorrow, Friday May 6!

That’s right, all donations made from 12pm AEST tomorrow, Friday May 6 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000!

Now the RIDE has been extended for another week, we’ll be doing a special express post mailing of jerseys to riders who have passed $500 this week. Pass $500 raised online by 5pm Friday, and we’ll express post your jersey to you by Monday morning for the last week of the RIDE Challenge.

DAY 6

4 MAY

Woah……we’re half way there!!!!

How are those legs feeling?  Wishing for more padding in your cycling nicks?  Keep up the great work – you’re doing amazing and you’ve got the momentum now to take you through to the finish next week.


What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $412,000

has been raised so far

Gavin

“The first time i embraced my cancer story”

What an amazing response to yesterday’s donation match!  Together, we’ve now raised over $412k for Peter Mac – that’s brilliant!

Thanks to your incredible efforts, Peter Mac will be able to give some of the brightest minds in cancer research the specialised technologies and resources they need to make important new breakthroughs – breakthroughs that will save lives.

This year’s RIDE has united riders from across Australia – including Gavin Lawrence from Perth, who’s already raced past $1520 raised.

“Wow, the support from family and friends has been amazing so far. This is the first time in two years I have embraced my cancer story and shared personal information about it. I think that was the first step in people being so willing to donate to the cause!

“The thing I like most about this fundraiser is I decide how I want to complete it. I get to set my schedule and complete the 150km how I want to. I live in regional WA about 1500km from Perth, so I don’t usually have the opportunity to join in on things like this. The fact it is virtual and I can blog my journey is a huge plus!

“Thank you to the team for giving me the opportunity to help in a small way!”

– Gavin Lawrence

Have a fantastic ride today – hope the added week will help you hit your goals. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more updates!

DAY 5

3 MAY

Are you ready for our big donation match today? 

Thanks to a generous Peter Mac donor, all donations made from 12pm AEDT today, Tuesday May 3 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000!

That’s right – give or get a donation from 12pm today and you’ll see another donation for the same amount appear on your fundraising page!

So far together we’ve raised over $375k to help Peter Mac’s brilliant researchers accelerate the search for cancer cures – thank you!

What

OVER 1,580

riders are taking part

OVER $375,000

has been raised so far

Angela

Get your donations matched Today!

Today we wanted to give a huge shout out to first time rider, Angela Campbell:

“It was by random chance that I came across the challenge, but it was something I really wanted to do, to raise money but also to challenge myself. 

“I’m riding for a few people. First and foremost for my mum and my husband’s mum. We lost both of them to cancer way too early and their loss really impacted both of us. We watched people we love so much endure way more than anyone should have to, but they did it with an amazing inner strength and determination. We think of them every day and know how proud they would be that they inspired me to take this on.

“The other reason I’m riding only came up last week. I’m a psychologist and one of my long-term clients found out last week that she has stage two breast cancer. She’s a single mother of two teenage children with disabilities and they are both on the spectrum. My client also has disabilities and has fought hard to provide for her kids with very limited support. She’s absolutely terrified, but incredibly determined. How can I not ride for her as well?

“So when my bum is sore and my legs and hips are sore, I’ll remind myself that I have absolutely nothing to complain about. It’s something that I will definitely do again next year, the experience has been awesome.”

– Angela Campbell

Good luck with your riding and fundraising today – and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more updates!

DAY 4

2 MAY

No Monday-itis for us! We’ve flown through the first weekend of the RIDE and so far collectively we’ve raised an amazing $363k – thank you! And we have even more exciting news to kick off the week!

What

OVER 1,570

riders are taking part

OVER $363,000

has been raised so far

Beck

TUESDAY 3 MAY IS MATCHED GIVING DAY!

Thanks to a generous Peter Mac donor, all donations made from 12pm AEDT tomorrow, Tuesday 3 May will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000!

That’s right – give or get a donation from 12pm tomorrow and you’ll see another donation for the same amount appear on your fundraising page.

Donate $50, and you’ll see $100 credited to your page. Raise $100 and you’ll see $200 added to your total!

Once $10,000 has been raised, the donation match will end – so set your alarm and let your friends and family know to jump in quick!!

If that’s not enough to kickstart your RIDE this week with gusto, take some inspiration from returning rider, Beck Biddle, who has just smashed her previous fundraising total and earned her official RIDE jersey by reaching $570 raised!

“I’m riding for family members lost to cancer and my mum, who was diagnosed with low grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The good news is she is almost three years in remission, so I am doing the ride for her and my two of uncles who passed away from cancer four years ago and for all those fighting cancer.

I’m also doing the ride to help raise money for the amazing people at Peter Mac so they can continue their incredible work. Without Peter Mac my mum probably wouldn’t be here today. Raising money is my personal way of saying thank you for saving my mum’s life and for their ongoing support since she was diagnosed.

They have been with us every step of the way, offering support whenever we need it – even after her treatment. This is why I’m doing this challenge.”

– Beck Biddle

Thank you so much for riding with us again this year Beck!

Have a fantastic ride today – and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more updates!

DAY 3

1 MAY

It was another cracking day on the road, in the gym, through sun and rain across Australia in Peter Mac’s Ride to Fight Cancer! So far, 1,573 riders have together raised a staggering $350k – thank you!

Did you start your Sunday with a sleep in, or were you tearing up the hills in your local area at dawn?

Today you’ll be taking on the challenge alongside hundreds of other inspiring riders like Salima Osborne, who raised over $500 in her first 24 hours after registering and has now passed $3,585!

What

OVER 1,570

riders are taking part

OVER $350,000

has been raised so far

Salima

“saying ‘Thank you’ never seems enough”

“I have always been grateful for the care and treatment that I’ve received from Peter Mac and other hospitals in Melbourne, and it never seems enough to just say ‘thank you’.

I feel privileged to have access to these amazing teams of specialists, who use their expertise and knowledge to support me and many others every day.

Riding a bicycle as part of a fundraiser for Peter Mac is a small thing that I can do to contribute, so I’m definitely on board to help!”

– Salima Osborne

Thank you so much for riding with us this year Salima!

Have a fantastic ride today – and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more updates!

DAY 2

30 APRIL

Wow! What an amazing start yesterday – so far 1562 riders have raised a staggering $336k – so thank you!

With the whole weekend ahead, it’s time to take it up a gear!

If you need inspiration to get your legs moving this morning, look no further than your fellow rider, Christopher Farrington.

He’s already flown past $2725 in fundraising and knows first-hand just how important the RIDE is for Peter Mac’s dedicated researchers – and the patients and families that depend on them.

“IT’S THE LEAST I CAN DO”

“My motivation for riding, and for raising money is simple: I love Peter Mac, and the only reason I’m here today is because of the incredible doctors, nurses, researchers, staff and carers who work there.

“In 2019, at the age of 38, I was abruptly diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer. I was told I had tumours on my liver, lungs, neck and the diagnosis was grim. Realistically my life expectancy was limited to months, or weeks, and possibly days. I would die in hospital.

“Despite this bleak outlook, my doctors at Peter Mac worked tirelessly to identify the source of the cancer, or more importantly what was driving it. During this time the doctors, nurses, carers and staff treated me, my wife and two young children with so much love and care that I am forever indebted.  

“A treatment was identified, and I started targeted oral therapy that had a profound and immediate impact on my health. Within a matter of days I had gone from preparing to die to going home. Now, two-and-a-half years later, I continue to receive the same treatment. My attendance at Peter Mac has slowly reduced.  

“Riding a bike to raise some money for Peter Mac is the least I can do. Without me, Peter Mac might miss out on raising a few thousand dollars. Without Peter Mac, my wife would be a widow and my children would be growing up without their father.”

– Christopher Farrington

Good luck on your RIDE today. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you jump online and download the RIDE app – it’s full of exclusive content and tips to help you through your 10-day challenge in style. Download it now from the Apple or Android app store today – and check back tomorrow for more updates!

DAY 1

29 APRIL

This is it – the countless hours of training and fundraising have led us all to this one moment – today.

What

OVER 1,530

riders are taking part

OVER $300,000

has been raised so far

LET’S RIDE

Every kilometre you ride in the next 10 days, and every dollar you raise will help Peter Mac’s team of dedicated researchers make new breakthroughs and discover more effective and kinder treatments, so that every person with cancer has the best chance of a cure.

Thank you so much for being part of this inspiring community – for all you have given so far, and for the 10 days of sweat, passion and effort ahead.

Let’s do this!