Nine years ago, an 11-month-old baby girl from Sydney was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. A softball-size tumour in her abdomen. Two years earlier, a now 64-year-old women from the Gold Coast became the oldest female in Australia diagnosed with the same rare ovarian cancer. 94% of patients with the rare cancer are under 30 years of age.
Because the cancer is rare, there is no cure! Nor is there research to help understand the disease. Clinicians are prescribing treatments based on “best guess” rather than facts. Research is needed. In 2022 a group of road riders rode from Parliament House Canberra to the MCG – 900km over 9 days! The 12 riders raised $165,000 to fund research at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.
Between 18-22 March 2024, 30 riders will be riding over 5 consecutive days to raise funds for lifesaving research into rare ovarian cancer. Based in the beautiful town of Bright, Victoria. Their goal is to raise $200,000 for lifesaving research into this killer cancer at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.
There will be two groups of riders. A road riding team covering 500km over 5 days including three challenging climbs (Tawonga and Rosewhite Gaps, Stanley Loop, and Mt Buffalo) with two days of longer flatter rides between the climbs. The second group will be a rail trail team riding flatter and shorter (30-60km) distances. The rail trail routes will include Bright to Harrietville and Bright to Myrtleford, part of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail.