ROC Inc. RIDE FOR RESEARCH
30th April - 8th May 2022
RIDE FOR RESEARCH
Parliament House Canberra to Melbourne Cricket Ground
30th April - 8th May 2022
Our volunteers led by Peter Reaburn will be riding from Canberra to Melbourne over 9 days to raise funds for vital ovarian cancer research.
Peter’s wife Claire was diagnosed at 53 years of age with Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumour (JGCT), a rare ovarian cancer that typically affects younger females. Claire is the oldest female in the world to have JGCT. The youngest was diagnosed in Australia at age 11 months!! Overall, 94% of patients with JGCT are under 30 years of age.
There is no cure for JGCT, nor is there research to help understand the disease. Clinicians are prescribing treatments based on “best guess” rather than facts. Research is needed and why we are riding to raise much needed funding for research.
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Research is the Key
ROC Inc are raising funds to help our partners, the Hudson Institute for Medical Research in Melbourne Australia, undertake enhanced DNA testing that could hold the answers for Rare Ovarian Cancer. Researchers have an opportunity to undertake this testing at a reduced cost and every dollar you can contribute counts. Ovarian cancer does not discriminate, it affects women of all ages, and we need your help to shine a light and potentially change the lives of thousands of girls and women.
Meet the Riders
Profile – Gemma Foord Hi I’m Gemma. I live in my hometown of Ballarat, Victoria, and am currently studying at Federation University, Australia, completing my Master of Teaching (Secondary), majoring in Health and PE. I have previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. Many forms of cancer have been present within my family and family friends, displaying the detrimental impact that this condition can have on the individuals themselves as well as their loved ones. I think this ride is an amazing initiative to increase awareness and fundraising for ovarian cancer. I have recently learned that there is […]
Hannah Armstrong – Profile My name’s Hannah, I’m currently a 3rd year medical student based rurally in Cobram, Victoria. Throughout my studies I have learnt a lot about cancer, the way it affects individuals as well as their families. There is still so much we don’t understand about cancer, and much more we need to learn about it. Ovarian Cancer is no exception to this. Currently there is no way to screen for Ovarian Cancer and there are no specific cures. The best way to improve the outcomes for women with this cancer is to do more research! This is […]
Simon Chu – Profile My name is Simon Chu, much more a lab rat than a cyclist!! I completed my PhD at Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (now Hudson Institute of Medical Research), where I studied the role of the estrogen in the pathogenesis of an uncommon ovarian cancer known as granulosa cell tumours. This led to my interest in the impact of specific molecular signalling pathways that are responsible for these tumours arising, and looking for ways to target these as a form of cure. After gaining my PhD, I continued his work at Prince Henry’s examining the […]
Lee-Ann Dalton Profile I’m a bit of a late comer to the world of cycling. I denied my husband’s requests to get up and see the sunrise and sit on a tiny little seat for hours, until one day I was bitten by the bug. Now as a retired mother of two grown children I get to see plenty of beautiful sunrises every week while riding with people who have become more than just cycling friends. My sporting prowess was limited to ballet all my childhood and teenage years, so early starts should have been nothing new to me. My […]
Profile – Steph Hibburt Women’s Health, Research, and Cycling are all a passion of mine. As an aspiring rural doctor, I have completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. In my recent studies I have learnt how valuable research is for conditions such as cancers. Research provides us with an understanding of particular health conditions and is a fundamental part of medical science. Doctors use research and findings to treat patients and provide the best care possible. One of the things that stood out to me about this cause, was that […]
Sheree Osborne – Profile The appeal of this fundraiser, for me, is multifactorial. Personally – I feel the need to support this cause, as my Aunty Claire (Reaburn) was diagnosed with Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumour, a rare form of ovarian cancer. I have the utmost respect for my Uncle Peter (Claire’s husband of 34 years) in organising this fundraiser to make a very real, and very positive change, for Claire. And for every other female who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancers over the coming years. Career-wise, I work at the University of Queensland in the School of Biological Sciences. […]
Natalie Watson – Profile “Just keep moving” This is my personal motto and applies to so many areas of my life. Having served in the Defence Force for 20 years, I use this motto on a daily basis to help with the injuries and illnesses suffered as a result of my service. In more recent times I worked as a human behavioural specialist for a rescue helicopter service before medically retiring in 2019. I’ve always considered myself to be an active person from little athletics as a kid, to running 100 mile endurance events and many other fun sports in […]
Peter Smith – Profile Peter Reaburn and I first met in 1977 on the beach at Coolangatta, while competing in the Queensland Surf Life Saving Titles. We discovered that we were studying Human Movement Studies together at University of Queensland and have been friends ever since. We played rugby and touch football together, surfed together, and went to each other’s weddings. After Uni, I became an Air Traffic Controller, working in Mt. Isa, Sydney, Newcastle, Archerfield, and Brisbane. I retired in 2014. As an ATC, I still was involved in sport and exercise. I taught aerobics, coached rugby union, touch […]
Mara Ferraro – Profile When you commit to anything in life, you need to do it with a smile. This has been my approach to cycling, work and family. Cycling has been my passion for the past 15 years, though I did graduate from the local triathlon series scene first. I can still remember the fun and excitement of getting back on the bike for the first time after a long break. My priorities for a little while in the past were directed to raising 3 wonderful children, who have now started their own life journeys away from the family […]
Michael Dalton – Profile My name is Michael Dalton. I live at Emu Park in Central Queensland. I am married to Sandy and have two sons Nicholas and Liam. I currently work for Livingstone Shire Council in the Infrastructure Water and Waste section and prior to that spent many years in the minerals industry. My sporting career commenced with swimming where I won state and national masters swimming titles in butterfly culminating in 4th placing and 5th placing in the 200m & 100m butterfly events respectively at 1996 World Master Swimming Championships in Sheffield England. From there I progressed to […]
Peter Reaburn – Profile My wife Claire has the dubious honour of being the oldest women in the world to have Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumour (JGCT), a very rare form of ovarian cancer. I’ve been involved in sports since childhood. Initially it was swimming at club then state and national level in surf lifesaving. I played Rugby Union during winter, swam and surfed all year round and competed in surf lifesaving during summer. An active childhood and youth. Later in life I immersed myself in masters swimming then triathlon winning several state age-group titles in long course. In 2005 I […]
Ken Theodore – Profile Hi I’m Ken Theodore, from Townsville in North Queensland. Up until 12 years ago, swimming had been my main form of exercise. Fortunately at that time, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and complete a half-marathon. The pain that followed led me to a physio who told me that my body shape was not for running nor swimming and suggested that I take up cycling! Little did I know, a colleague of mine was a cyclist wanting to return to road riding. Within 2 years, we had established a cycling team of 10 […]
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 […]
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