13 December 2016
“We all have points in our lives that make us sit up and take notice. That point for me was on a grey day in February 2005, when my sister lost her fight with cancer.”
Heartbreakingly, a rare diagnosis of brain cancer changed the lives of the Jordans family forever.
Jake Jordans’ sister Dani, an energetic and strong willed psychology student, unfortunately had her life taken away far too soon.
“She was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer while she was travelling overseas, and over the next two years my Mum and Dad cared for her as the cancer slowly took her independence, her memory and finally her life,” Jake said.
In memory of his sister and to raise critical funds for a very important cause, Jake will be riding in Cancer Council SA’s Ride for a reason.
“I made a commitment to support the search for a cure; and each year I have participated in Ride for a reason to raise money for research and demonstrate my commitment by challenging myself physically,” he said.
In 2017, Jake will be returning to participate in the ride for the sixth time.
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.
Ride for a reasonis 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 and can 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 a bid to go the extra mile in memory of his sister, Jake has come up with a creative idea to show support and love for the people the riders are dedicating their ride to.
“I ride with Dani each year and I thought that it might help other people too if they did something similar… that’s when I came up with the idea of writing the names of people that we are supporting, celebrating and remembering on ribbons attached to my jersey,” he said.
Dani’s challenging life left a mark of inspiration on Jake, who won’t let his personal illness of Crohn’s disease get him down.
“While I must live my life within its shadow, I refuse to allow it to dictate my life's journey,” he said.
“Crohn's will make achieving this goal more complex and difficult but by using my sister's example - I will not give up.”
Jake plans to raise $1500, and is excited to do it all again next year to commemorate Dani’s life.
“I come back each year and raise funds because each time we get more survivors and better treatments, so that something good might come out of the tragedy that happened to my sister.”
In 2017, Ride for a reason hopes to 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 on the day and help join the fight.
To register for ride for a reason, visit rideforareason.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85. To donate to Jake, click here.