This Sunday, the 20th of February, I will be participating in the Ballarat Cycle Classic, riding 85km. This event will raise much needed funds and awareness for cancer research for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

The inspiration for a regional Victorian cancer research facility came from a young cancer patient, Fiona Elsey, who planted a seed in the mind of her oncologist, her family and her community. From Fiona’s dream a garden of hope has grown in the form of a world-renowned research institute in Ballarat.

Each day 367 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. Families and friends are shattered by the way a challenging illness affects their loved ones and each day people continue to die. Diagnosis and treatments are improving all the time. But while this disease kills, we must continue our part in researching for a cure.

Today, led by Professor George Kannourakis, the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute is making a world class contribution to cancer research, with recent recognition for achievements into targets for ovarian cancer and histiocytic disorders. As Australia’s only regionally based cancer research centre, they are non-government funded, and rely on the generous support of the community to continue research into more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

If you are in a position to donate, please click the link HERE. Your generosity could help to save lives!