Research the reason for ride

Ride to Conquer Cancer participant Derek English. Picture: Marcus Whisson  www.communitypix.com.au d423567
Ride to Conquer Cancer participant Derek English. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d423567

The chances of breaking a bone are too dangerous for the grandmother of seven, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and bone cancer in 2009.

It’s because of this her husband Derek is putting on the lycra and getting on his bike for The Ride to Conquer Cancer in October.

Mr English said the only reason his wife was alive after almost five years, the general age expectancy of her diagnosis, was due to constant research and updated treatments.

‘Raising funds will not only help her but the many others, including the children, who are diagnosed daily,’ he said.

‘Cancer is always going to be there for many, but it is essential to try for new treatments to provide complete remission or at least to just to keep it at bay to allow for a better quality of life.’

Mr English said Kathy’s ongoing treatment and pain levels meant she was no longer able to work as a psychologist and do things she loved.

‘Because of the danger of bone breakage we can no longer go ice skating and even riding a bike is a very risky venture for her,’ he said.

‘With so much treatment over the past five years I have learned to monitor her medications, give injections when necessary but most of all just love her and be there for her.’

Mr English hopes to raise more than $10,000.

Donations can be made by going to www.conquercancer.org.au selecting ‘Perth’ and searching ‘Derek English’.