PEDAL POWER: Martin and Melanie McBain share a joke with palliative care patient Mandy Spall (left) before the Tour de Cure.
PEDAL POWER: Martin and Melanie McBain share a joke with palliative care patient Mandy Spall (left) before the Tour de Cure. Claudia Baxter

City's cancer crusaders conquer Tour de Cure

A TEAM of cancer crusaders took on the Tour de Cure over the weekend to raise money to research a cure for the disease.

The five cyclists travelled 550km in four days on the Queensland country tour, with the names of people who have lived with cancer strapped to their bikes as motivation.

Ipswich Hospital palliative care nurse Melanie McBain is helping the team, which includes her husband Martin as tour navigator.

The McBains began cycling six months ago in a bid to complete their first Tour de Cure.

They joined Troy Mayes, Paul Langton and Sally and Michael McAuliffe for the tour.

Mrs McBain has seen many a tragedy and triumph through her work and personal life.

"It was an easy choice after Sally and Mike became involved," she said.

"We took up cycling and it was a little too soon to do the tour for personal reasons; my dad had treatment for cancer as well."

Before leaving, Mr McBain said he was looking forward to spreading the message of "be fit, be healthy, be happy" at school stops along the way.

Ipswich cyclists have collectively raised more than $40,000 for Tour de Cure which will support vital local cancer research, support and prevention projects.

Some of the funds raised will return to the Ipswich Hospice Care, which will receive a $5000 donation.

The Ipswich cyclists covered their bikes with the names of people who have lost their lives to cancer, are having cancer treatment or have survived cancer.

This helped them connect with why they were riding to cure cancer.

While they were struggling up the hills, they could look down and remember that what they were experiencing was nothing compared to fighting cancer.

The country tour will fund four cancer projects in the towns visited, as well as world leading cancer research to save lives.



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