07 January 2016
Stage four of the Tour Down Under marks a significant milestone for the Morgan family.
The 10th anniversary of the death of Natalie Morgan’s husband Stephen, gives the determined mum something to ride for—a ride to beat cancer.
Ms Morgan from Vale Park, 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.
“It will be a time for us to remember Stephen with love, and re-focus our desire to continue to support research into prevention, early diagnosis, detection and treatments of cancer,” Ms Morgan said.
Stephen Morgan passed away at 34 from Acute Myeloid Lymphoma (AML), an aggressive blood cancer—just three days after his diagnosis, leaving Natalie seven months pregnant with their third child.
Ms Morgan rose to the challenge of raising her three young children, one of which is now a Cancer Council Youth Ambassador— making a family united and determined to beat cancer.
Ms Morgan is motivated by her chance to ride the same course as the professional riders in the Tour Down Under, while raising the imperative funds needed to support cancer research.
“I hope one day research will be able to answer many of my unanswered questions; including, the hereditary risk it may pose to my children,” she said.
The 138km Stage Four ride is just one of the three stages Ms Morgan has chosen to undertake after completing one day of the Beat Cancer Tour last year.
“I loved the experience; it was such an amazing buzz and also an opportunity to support Cancer Council SA, who do work that I am very passionate about,” Ms Morgan said.
The full pro-tour experience will extend 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.
“It’s a chance to demonstrate my commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and an optimistic way of looking forward,” she added.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, praised Ms Morgan’s efforts and courage.
“She is a courageous person and her achievements are something she should be highly commended for,” Mr Size said.
“I am sure her children are extremely proud to call her their mum.”
AML affects approximately 900 Australians each year and the Beat Cancer Tour continues to make a difference to all living with cancer.
“The impact Cancer Council has in the community would not be what it is without the efforts of inspiring people, like Natalie, that endeavour to ensure that one day we will beat cancer,” he said.
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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