08 January 2016
For Brian Burns, his wife’s diagnosis of cancer saw them undertake and defeat the battle of their lives. Ten years on, the couple received the devastating news of a second diagnosis—this time in an inoperable location.
The couple, who are strengthened by turmoil, refuse to concede to the illness and are dedicated to contribute to life-saving cancer research.
“Treatment and management is our only option,” Mr Burns said.
“We live with hope that a cure may be found soon.”
Mr Burns is riding in the Beat Cancer Tour, a joint event between Events SA and Cancer Council SA, which will see a limited group of riders, take part in every stage as a united peloton to raise awareness in the fight to beat cancer.
The full pro-tour experience extends to accommodation at the Hilton Adelaide with the professionals, all meals and nutrition, a mechanics workshop in the village to service the bikes, a full team kit, medical support and much more.
Despite Mr Burns stating that the ride will be a challenge, he restates the importance of beating cancer.
“Any discomfort that we experience on the long, tough rides is nothing when compared to a cancer diagnosis,” he added.
“It is important that we stay focussed on the fundraising side of the event, the cycling is a nice bonus!”
The humble man continues to be taken aback by people’s generosity to the cause and the personal connections made through his involvement in the event.
“I am astounded by people’s generosity in support of the cause,” he said.
“The best part (so far) is the people I have met and doing things I normally wouldn’t do, you have to get out of your comfort zone to raise contributions.”
Mr Burns aims to raise $10,000 to contribute to Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Tour which raises vital funds for cancer research, prevention and support programs.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said he admires Mr Burns’ involvement which will support cancer research.
“Brian’s participation in the event is a testament to the love and dedication he shares with his wife,” Mr Size said.
“We understand the road ahead is tough but with the efforts and contributions of people like Brian, we are assisting the 130,000 Australians living with cancer each year.
“So far, cancer research has contributed to saving approximately 61,000 lives and we will continue to work at it until one day, we beat cancer.”
The tour provides avid cyclists the chance to explore the great state of South Australia and contribute to the lives of the approximately 300 Australians who are diagnosed with cancer every day.
In 2016, the Beat Cancer Tour will also offer three day and one day experiences so everyone can get involved.
Spots are strictly limited for this once in a lifetime VIP professional experience, and we are currently seeking expressions of interest from experienced cyclists who have always wanted to ride a World Tour cycling course.
The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under will be staged from January 16 to January 24. To express your interest today, or to find out more, visit beatcancertour.com.au.
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