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  • Alicia Hurkmans rides for grandmother’s terminal cancer

    11 January 2017
    “She’s not the first family member or friend to have their lives affected by this disease, nor am I sure she will be the last.”
    In 2016, Alicia’s grandmother was diagnosed with terminal liver and breast cancer. 
    To support her grandmother and family through this difficult time, Alicia has taken up a new hobby in a bid to do what she can to help beat the disease. 
    “I want to ride to do what I can to support the critical cancer research that goes into ensuring quality of life for those affected by cancer, and particularly supporting loved ones throughout their time of need,” Alicia said. 
    Alicia is a ‘newbie’ to riding, and she purchased her first bike second hand in October 2016.  
    “On my very first ride I learnt that tram tracks and road-tyres make a bad combination and partially tore my posterior crucial ligament,” she said. 
    Fortunately, she was given the all clear and is looking forward to using her new found interest to support critical cancer research and support. 
    “I first heard about Ride for a reason two years ago, at that time I didn’t even have a bike, but the idea to get involved stuck with me ever since. 
    “Now that I have started getting involved in cycling, Ride for a reason was one of the first events I wanted to tackle.”
    On Friday 20 January, over 550 people will Ride for a reason in the Bupa Challenge Tour, to support South Australian’s affected by cancer.
    Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason is free to sign-up for anyone riding in the 2017 Bupa Challenge Tour, a ride open to the public, as part of the Santos Tour Down Under, starting in Norwood and finishing in Campbelltown.
    Participants don’t have to be a pro to Ride for a reason but can easily make their ride count by fundraising to assist the 1 in 2 Australians who will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85.
    In 2017, Alicia will be riding from Birdwood all the way to Campbelltown. 
    “As it’s my first year I didn’t quite feel confident to make it up Checkers Hill in one piece, especially after my encounter with the tram tracks, so I’ll be taking on the 111km distance.” 
    Alicia has been fundraising through family, friends and colleagues, and hopes to raise $1000.
    “I’m hoping to put together a BBQ at work in January to raise some money and awareness that way as well,” she said. 
    So far, Alicia has loved the Ride for a reason experience, and would recommend the ride to everyone. 
    “While fundraising and asking family, colleagues and strangers for support is a hard thing to do, it’s worth it when you know you’re doing it for a fantastic cause.
    “It has also been fantastic inspiration to get fitter and healthier myself so I can do my bit and make it to the finish line on the day.” 
    In 2018, she plans to be back again and hopes to be ‘fighting-fit’ and able to tackle the full distance of 157.5km.  
    Ride for a reason hopes to see in excess of 550 participants raise over $500,000 to ensure the efforts of Cancer Council are continued to be felt community wide.
    Look out for Cancer Council SA volunteers dressed in yellow at all stages of the Tour, offering free sunscreen.
    If you’re not already supporting Ride for a reason, you can also make a donation to our volunteers around the course and help join the fight.
    To register for ride for a reason, visit rideforareason.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.

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