Stephen Mitchell

Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
Raising funds for: Ride for Research
$3,485.00 donated
36 Donors

Stephen Mitchell – Profile

Family – Lynnette (my wife), Katelyn 20 and Jonathan 14.

My daughter Katelyn was diagnosed in September 2020 with Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumour (JGCT), a very rare form of ovarian cancer. Katelyn has had 2 operations, 1 to remove a Tumor and the 2nd to remove an ovary. At the time of her diagnoses the lack of information about this form of cancer lead Katelyn (also leaning on Lynnette and I) to decided that her treatment would be ‘watch n wait’. Chemotherapy was an option but was ineffective as the cancer can still reoccur. As of September 2021 Katelyn is well and all scans have been clear. Katelyn is very active in sports and completing her final year at WSU in Bachelor of Zoology.

I’ve been involved in sports since childhood. I started playing Cricket in the summer and Soccer in the winter at the age of 6. I enjoyed soccer and competed at the Youth League level. Cricket wasn’t supposed to start until age 8. I then played 3 years in under 9’s. By the age of 11 I held multiple district records. I eventually went on to play 1st Grade cricket for Penrith. At 13, I purchased my first road bike but didn’t start road racing until age 20. I had more time as I had ended my cricket career. Road racing took me to C grade opens. At the same time I was bitten by the Triathlon bug and competed in all distances except for Ironman. This continued until 2004 when leg injuries were taking their toll.

In 2004 we were hit with the tragedy losing the life of our 2nd child 3 weeks old of Neonatal Hemochromatosis. Over the next 3 years with the help of doctors we investigated the reasons why this occurred. This included a human trail as part of a worldwide study. This research and human trail meant that Jonathan was the 48 child born under the protocol.

In 2007 the family moved to Newcastle and working long hours meant that riding took a back seat with only a small amount of kilometers completed. In 2010 I started riding again and took up body building which I have now made part of my daily routine. In January 2021 I purchase a new bike which has re invigorated my passion for riding.

My working career has been 33 years in the Finance sector. More recently I have been self employed as a Mortgage Broker over the past 6 years.

I now have a goal to train and ultimately help Katelyn by raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer in females through Research by the ROC Incorporated (ROCInc).

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24 Comments

  1. All the best big brother for the ride, this is a great initiative that you are undertaking. We will be on your shoulders all the way to the finish line. Hoping that the team can gain some valuable information on the back of the donations! Keep strong Katelyn, as I know you always have been and you will always will be!

  2. Kaitlin is a young woman deserving the the best health care Australia can provide. Only by conducting research can medical treatments be bettered or, indeed, found. Go Stephen

  3. Incredible story it would be my pleasure to donate to this amazing family that has seen so much heartbreak, let Jesus be your strength, good luck

  4. I hope this helps even a little. All types of cancer are heartbreaking. Sending hugs of support. Xx

  5. All the best to your daughter for a long and wonderful life. So much more research is needed to stop ovarian cancer happening to beautiful women.

  6. Donation from SEO Premier to show our support for this great initiative. Best of luck with the ride and well done for raising funds for such a terrific cause.

  7. A wonderful thing you are doing Stephen. Best wishes to you and your family on all your journeys. Love Joe and Vanessa

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