RIDE FOR RESEARCH
18th – 22nd March 2024
Our 30 riders, led by Peter Reaburn, will be riding over 5 consecutive days to raise funds for lifesaving research into rare ovarian cancer.
There will be two groups of riders, with a limit of 15 riders per group. The ROC ROAD TEAM will be covering 500km over 5 days of riding including three challenging climbs (Tawonga Gap and Rosewhite Gap, Stanley Loop, and Mt Buffalo) and two days of longer flatter rides. The ROC RAIL TRAIL TEAM will be riding rail trails that are flatter and shorter (30-60km) in distance. E-bikes are welcome, especially for the RAIL TRAIL TEAM.
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! 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. In 2022 we raised $165,000. In 2024, we are riding to raise with the goal of raising $200,000 for lifesaving research into this killer cancer at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.
Latest Donor Comments
RWM Community Financial Services Ltd Garry White$2,000.00Important cause, local people support by a local bank. Great combination!
Yoga by the Beach with Bec$890.00Cash & Card donations made on the day for the 108 Sun Salutation Charity Event. Well done Yogi's!
Yoga by the Beach with Bec$330.00Yoga by the Beach Sun Salutation Challenge sponsors of Rebecca. Thanks to Karen, Peter, Chris, Samantha & Leighton.
Elizabeth Beck$300.00Thank you for supporting my daughter
Anonymous$250.00What a worthy cause you are riding for, well done guys!1000km in the week between you…go Team Stinson!!
Peter&Claire Reaburn$200.00Thanks Miami Masters for raising funds for lifesaving research
Colette Southam$200.00We will be swimming for you Claire! Gord and Colette x
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
Vicki Andersen Hi, I’m Vicki. A mum of 2 grown up girls and 1 grandchild, Jack. I love all things property and own an Interior Design business, Coastal Design and Renovations. I am a fellow yogi at Main Beach and look forward to riding alongside Bec Ginley and Jenette Fisher in support of Claire and ROCInc. This charity fund raiser is a great opportunity to get back on my bike and to also be able to give back and help this community of females battling rare ovarian cancer. I have always enjoyed being sporty and like to run, mountain bike ride, […]
Nick Verhoeven Hi, I’m Nick Verhoeven from Townsville in Sunny North Queensland. I’m married to Ronnie and we have 3 kids, twins Shannon & Jordan (28) and Alyssa (19). Claire is my cousin. I have the best job in the world because I am a Professional Mountain Biker. Well actually, I run a Mountain Bike Academy with over 80 students at a local School, Coach a few kids in the area and work for an Outdoor Education Company as a Mountain Bike guide, so since my income is Mountain Bike related, I’m happy to run with Professional Mountain Biker. I’ve […]
Megan Reaburn As the last name suggests, I am the daughter of Claire and Peter Reaburn who started Ride for Research in 2022. I live in Brisbane with my partner Tom and work in renewable energy development while also completing part-time a Masters of Education that feels like it’ll never end! I’ve always loved sport and have played netball my whole life, but staying consistently active as an adult is something I’ve struggled with until a few years ago. With parents like mine it was inevitable I eventually fall in love with maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. I spent […]
Renee Cowan Hi, I’m Renee, and I’m ready for this ride to hand it to me! I’m 34 and I married the girl of my dreams in 2022, who also happens to be Claire’s daughter. The love that the Reaburn family has shown me over many years, and the love they have for each other doesn’t even have words. It is the type of love that could change the world…or at least mine. I have played teams sports from the wee little age of 6, I’ll have a crack at anything, and love that winning feeling. I played soccer for […]
Jason and Sue Stinson A couple that rides together stays together! We met as teenagers during our first year of high school and grew up together on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. After both graduating from Queensland University of Technology, we moved interstate & then overseas to advance our careers in the education and hospitality sectors. We are happily married for more than 25 years with two wonderful children who are both students at The University of Queensland. Last year we repatriated to Australia having spent the past twenty years living abroad in China & India. We are […]
Rebecca Ginley and Jenette Fisher – Profile Yogis that ROC! Meet Bec and Jen, the go-getter yogis on a mission to raise awareness and research funds for Rare Ovarian Cancer Incorporated (ROCInc). Their motto? “Stronger Together!” Rebecca Ginley, a Main Beach local and owner of “Yoga by the Beach with Bec” is a community yoga instructor to not only Jen, but fellow yogi Claire Reaburn who is their inspiration for this challenge. Claire and her husband Peter, who together, are fighting to beat this disease and are dedicated to supporting ROCInc in their research for girls and women. Bec […]
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 diagnosed with 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 (ATC), 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, […]
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 […]
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