Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
Stephen Mitchell – Profile
Family – Lynnette (my wife), Katelyn 22 and Jonathan 16.
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’.
In Late March 2023 Katlyn was back in hospital due to a reoccurrence which was unable to remove all the masses due to their position. In May, June and July 2023 Katelyn went through Chemotherapy and the result are pending. Katelyn is very active in sports and is completing her final year at Western Sydney University 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 1stGrade cricket for Penrith. At 13, I purchased my first road bike but didn’t start road racing until age 20. I finished cricket and had more time to ride and race. 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 2010 I started 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.
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 48th child born under the protocol.
My working career has been 34 years in the Finance sector. More recently I have been self employed as a Mortgage Broker over the past 7 years.
I now have a goal to train and ultimately help Katelyn by raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer in females through Research funded by the ROC Incorporated (ROCInc). I rode in the 2022 Ride for Research and raised close to $9500. Help us save the lives of females throughout the world.