June 27, 2018 0 comments

A Life-Changing Ride for Rural Cancer Patients


In March this year a group of 45 riders swapped their suits for lycra to take part in the annual Mercer SuperCycle, a 1000km ride over seven days to raise life-changing funds for country cancer patients.

The incredible riders and support crews’ journey took them from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road all in the name of raising funds for THRF’s Under Our Roof project.

In an amazing effort, the riders and crew raised over $345,000! These funds mean more much-needed homes can be built in Adelaide for country cancer patients and their families to stay in while receiving treatment.

John and Judy

John and his wife Judy found comfort in our Under Our Roof homes during a difficult time in their lives.

In June last year, Whyalla resident John Murray found himself in need of accommodation in Adelaide while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

It was during a regular check-up that John’s doctors discovered his Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level was high. A biopsy soon confirmed news he didn’t want to hear.

“When I was first diagnosed I was shocked, I had just seen my father lose his life to prostate cancer and I was about to face the same battle,” John said.

The treatment John opted for was brachytherapy, where radioactive seeds are injected into the prostate, damaging the cancer cells and destroying their ability to divide and grow. Having to undergo this operation in Adelaide, John and his wife Judy found comfort in THRF’s Under Our Roof homes.

“The Under Our Roof homes played a massive part in my treatment. It eased my stress when I had to stay in hospital for my operation knowing Judy was staying in the comfort of an Under Our Roof home,” John said.

There was enough room in the home that I was able to have people come down and visit me which lifted my spirits immensely. Considering what was going on, it was lovely to have somewhere like Under Our Roof to stay during a difficult time.”

Now cancer free, John and Judy are both grateful to have had a home away from home when they needed it most.

Registrations are now open for Mercer SuperCycle 2019! Following the same route from Melbourne to Adelaide, this is a ride you won’t want to miss! To register or find out more visit here.

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