10 February 2020
Last year 17 year old Kylan Beech came up with the idea to ride 220kms from Adelaide to the Riverland with his brothers and raise funds for Cancer Council SA. His motivation was his mum, Tammy, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away a few years ago.
During their two day ride, the four Beech brothers—originally from Barmera—faced bushfire smoke, dust and cramps, but made it through with the help of their mum’s favourite quote “It may be stormy now, but it never lasts forever”, which was never far from their minds.
Kylan was joined by his three older brothers—Jono, Nick and Jordan—in the 220 km ride from Adelaide to Barmera known as ‘220 for Tammy’ that raised funds for Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project.
In a true show of community spirit, the town of Barmera rallied their support around the boys and their cause. The Beech brothers were amazed to see their initial $10,000 fundraising goal triple to more than $30,000—a figure that will go a long way in funding cancer research.
Research is the driving force behind improving the ways we detect, treat, and live beyond cancer. Because of research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before, but until the cancer survival rate is 100 per cent, we have more work to do—and urgently. With the backing of the South Australian community, we will continue to fund our brightest research minds as they work on lifesaving cancer trials, tests and treatments. It is the support we receive from our incredible community of South Australians—like Kylan and his brothers—that is making such an impact on life saving cancer research.