13 December 2016
Watching cancer widow his mother and leave his five siblings without a father inspired Trung to ride for a reason.
Devastatingly, the Tran family have seen three men in their family lose their battles with cancer.
On the eve of Trung Tran’s 5th birthday, his father lost his life to liver cancer, leaving his mother to raise six children on her own.
When Trung was 15 years old, his father’s older brother also passed away from liver cancer.
Four years ago, the father of Trung’s best friend, who could be considered similar to an uncle for him, lost his battle with bowel cancer.
“My mum was and still is a superwoman,” he said.
“She has been our rock and has done so much for us, I cannot imagine what it was like losing my father and I never want to experience it.”
Fuelled with the determination to support his mum and family, Trung has volunteered for Cancer Council for the past three years, by handing out sunscreen at the Santos Tour Down Under.
In 2016, Trung decided to take a step up and participate in Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason, which he will be returning to complete again in 2017.
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 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.
For the 2016 Ride for a reason, Trung raised an impressive amount through social media, and plans to beat this amount for next year’s ride.
“Last year just through Facebook I managed to raise about $1600,” he said.
Although riding is a passion for Trung, in April 2015 he was forced to put the bike down for six months after he was hit by a car on the commute home from work.
Trung had to undergo minor surgery, however after his recovery time he was itching to hop back on the bike again.
“With the support of my wife, I bought a new bike and slowly got back into it,” he said.
“I’m still not riding as much as I was, but my love for riding is as strong as it has ever been.”
Whilst he does not have a set distance for the 2017 ride, Trung plans to ride 1000km during the month of January.
Trung is very passionate about participating in Ride for a reason, and recommends the ride to others.
“I believe in Ride for a reason and Cancer Council because of the work that they do, not just with cancer research but with prevention education, and how Cancer Council provide essential support to those affected by cancer,” he said.
In 2017, 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.