Scottish cyclist prepares to ride from Brisbane to Adelaide
Sixty-five year old Scottish cyclist Steve Taylor will kick off a ride of 2,222km on Friday 24 August for the Ride2Cure Neuroblastoma tour.
Stever will be departing Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, before crossing the outback to Adelaide.
Aiming to generate awareness of childhood cancer neuroblastoma – and with an ultimate goal of raising $100,000 for the cause – Steve will stop off at 19 towns over his three week journey, finishing on Friday 14 September.
Steve has been dubbed the LifeCycle Man for his previous efforts in cycling the equivalent of twice the circumference of the earth since his 60th birthday. It was at that time he became aware of some local children suffering from neuroblastoma and decided to start fundraising for the cause.
“The plan to ride 2,222km is a deliberate choice as it’s children aged two years old who are most commonly diagnosed with neuroblatoma,” said Steve. “This is my most ambitious fundraising challenge yet, but I’m passionate about doing my bit to give kids affected by this terrible disease a future.”
Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumour of childhood, usually originating in the abdomen and almost exclusively affecting children aged zero to five years. Currently only 50 per cent of children diagnosed with aggressive neuroblastoma will survive and those who do are often left with significant long-term side affects from their toxic treatments.
Funds raised by Ride2Cure will go to registered charity Neuroblastoma Australia, which finances dedicated research projects through the Children’s Cancer Institute and other research institutes. The charity was formed by its President Lucy Jones, following the loss of her daughter Sienna to the disease in 2010.
To find out more about Ride2Cure, or to donate towards Steve’s goal, see www.ride2cure.org.au.
23 March 2018.