An all-out push against cancer

Mark Stephenson (left), Karen Mills and Jamie Luxton are part of the Wealthwise Ride to Conquer Cancer team. Picture: Shelby Cavanagh
Mark Stephenson (left), Karen Mills and Jamie Luxton are part of the Wealthwise Ride to Conquer Cancer team. Picture: Shelby Cavanagh

KINROSS man Mark Stephenson hasn’t ridden a push bike in anger for 25 years.

But on October 17 and 18 he’ll be cycling more than 200km in two days in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, which raises money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Mr Stephenson used to cycle from Blackpool to Liverpool in the UK, about 86km each way, and was training to do the 1600km Lands End to John O’Groats ride when his knees gave way and he had to get out of the saddle.

But, inspired by his colleagues at West Leederville business WealthWise, who have been taking the marathon challenge for four years, Mr Stephenson, a financial adviser, decided he had to put the pedal to the metal.

“My ride is to help us get one step closer to that day when we can say we have beaten cancer,” he said.

“On that ride I will be thinking of the friends and family that have been touched by cancer, and my Auntie Adele and Uncle Ken it has just taken in recent weeks. Every dollar helps.”

To sponsor Mr Stephenson go to http://pr15.conquercancer. org.au, select “Perth” then “Donate” and search for Mark Stephenson.