Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
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).
Great effort mate!!!
Safe peddling. Amazing cause close to our hearts. Love the McDonalds
A world without cancer would be amazing!!
Wishing all the best to your family. Hope the ride is going well!
It’s so important to find a cure for these rare forms of cancer. Thinking of you Katelyn xx
Go for it Stephen! I know your wife through work & she is a terrific lady!
I’m glad to support this worthy cause.
Blessings to your lovely family! Hope that you have a fabulous ride.
Great job Steve! Hopefully we can help play a part in finding a cure!
Keep safe Stephen you are an awesome parent and doing something awesome
Go you champion! A cause close to my heart with the beautiful Claire being a cousin-in-law. Thank you for your commitment.
I am donating as my Grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer. I hope my donation contributes to help others to have a better chance of surviving this horrible disease.
I find your courage inspiring. Stay brave and keep fighting. Xx
Safe journey Stephen, & best wishes to you Katelyn & your family xx
Good luck Stephen and all the best for a great cause.
Sending lots of love and strength to your family! Amazing work Steve.
Happy to support you all at this time. Safe journey
David and Angela
Our children our our world and I hope this goes towards helping your child and also other children
Well done Stephen and team! All the best!
Go Steve! Kate’s determination and strength through this is incredible. Much love to you all.
Just saw this, of course I’ll donate, great cause, great girl! Good luck on the ride Stephen.Ian F Eather
Hope the ride goes well Stephen. Great cause for a great kid.
What a fantastic thing you are doing for your beautiful girl. Much love and hugs for Katelyn.
Great cause Stephen, and good on Katelyn for volunteering. Ride safe, stay safe.
That’s very sad to hear but you always have to have faith and hope that something can be done for your beautiful girl.
Our Thoughts and prayers are with your family ❤️🙏
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!
So happy to help xx
Much much love, thinking of you all! Best of luck
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
Good luck with the ride and fundraiser! Stay strong Katelyn!
That’s so sad, wishing Katelyn and family strength and support for whatever lies ahead.
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
Strength to your daughter and your family always.
Wishing you the best of luck with your fundraising and the best of health to your daughter.
I hope this helps even a little. All types of cancer are heartbreaking. Sending hugs of support. Xx
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.
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.
All the best!!
Wishing your amazing daughter the best in her fight against this insidious disease
Thinking of the family Stephen! All the best with the ride and good luck! Ryan and Emma
Well done Steve. Love and light to you and the family, always xox
I wish you and the family well Stephen. Hope you reach your target. Love Cheryl
All the best Stephen, Lynette, Katelyn and Jonathan. Love you guys
All the best Katelyn, you have an awesome dad and family
A wonderful thing you are doing Stephen. Best wishes to you and your family on all your journeys. Love Joe and Vanessa
Well done Stephen and best wishes.
A great way to help Katelyn. The Bells are sending positive thoughts for Katelyn