October 17, 2015

THE MACA RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $4.5 MILLION RAISED AS 4TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia’s largest cycling fundraising event draws 1,032 riders to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PERTH, 17 October, 2015 The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® announced 1,032 riders helped raise $4.5 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as the fourth annual Ride commenced on Saturday in Perth. Funds raised through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia’s premier adult medical research institute.

“The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer is a testament to strength in numbers. We are incredibly grateful to the community of riders, crew members, volunteers, donors and sponsors who have made the fourth annual Ride to an overwhelming success,” said Professor Peter Leedman, Director at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is on a mission to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting-edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease. Ride generated dollars support our world-leading doctors, researchers, scientists and clinicians and provides state-of the-art equipment required for vital cancer research programs improving the health of Western Australians,” Professor Leedman added.

In four years, The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $19.5 million for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The annual two-day, 200km Ride draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.

“I went to the emergency department with what I thought was simply a broken arm but tumours were found in my arm, hip and neck and I was also diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma,” said participant Emmanuel Mollois, from Jolimont.

“I underwent eight cycles of chemotherapy, followed by rounds of shots and a collection of stem cells. I am proud to be participating in The Ride and cycling along my teammates to support cancer research. We always think it will happen to other people until it happens to us. I believe it is important that we all do our part to support and help as many people as we can. Life is full of surprises, so research needs as much funding as possible in order to detect cancer earlier, for a better chance of survival,” Mr. Mollois added.

MACA is the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer®and their team of 300 riders raised over $1.2 million for the 2015 Ride in Perth. Sponsorship funds donated by MACA allow dollars raised by Ride participants to support ground-breaking cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“The Ride is about our journey to support the community in conquering cancer as we have all been affected by cancer in one way or another. As able bodied persons, we owe it to our community to make a difference,” said Geoff Baker, of MACA.

“It is very humbling to see so many people come together for a common cause and we proudly support The Perkins’ mission to conquer a disease which affects Australians every day. We are celebrating the success of this year and hope more people will join us in 2016,” Geoff Baker added.

Ride organisers announced 15 & 16 October for the 2016 Ride and encouraged people of all athletic abilities to participate in the fifth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“We encourage everyone to join us in 2016. Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.org.au or call us at 1300 99 RIDE (7433).”

Ride organisers expect thousands of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride route, visit www.conquercancer.org.au.

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