Cycling approximately 200km over two days is all in the name of charity for Professor Scott Baum from Griffith University’s School of Environment, as he gears up for the third annual Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Professor Baum will be joined by thousands of men and women on the route from Brisbane to the Somerset region and back again, as he aims to raise his target goal of $6000 for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
Riders will travel through Queensland’s scenic countryside over August 17- 18, 2013, with the funds raised from this epic event contributing to breakthrough cancer research and the discovery of new therapies at QIMR.
Breast Friends for a Cure
Professor Baum will be a member of ‘Breast Friends for a Cure’, a team comprising cancer survivors, their husbands, friends and relatives.
“The team’s motto ‘riding for the wellbeing of current and future generations’ sums up the feelings of all the team members,” he said.
“With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime we are doing this to give hope to current sufferers and to those who might be diagnosed in the future.”
Professor Baum said the event has provided him with a call to action that also has personal significance.
“In 2009 my wife Briony was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent nearly two years of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery,” he said. “Her successful treatment was in large part due to the fantastic work that Queensland scientists are undertaking to beat this disease.
“The groundbreaking research being conducted at the QIMR helped my wife and her friends and we want to ensure that this research continues.
“Committing to the ride and raising money is our way of giving something back.”
This is the third annual Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer event in Brisbane and the surrounding area. Throughout their journey, riders will be supported by hundreds of volunteers and crew members, providing them with food and hydration, portable restrooms, safety on the road, comprehensive medical services and an overnight campsite complete with tents and hot showers.
To see who has already supported Professor Baum,please visit: http://br13.conquercancer.org.