AT just 14 years of age, Eoin Hoey has been touched by cancer from all walks of life.
The Heathridge resident has seen two school friends and a basketball teammate deal with operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy following different types of cancers and now his uncle, Mark Williams, has stage 3 malignant melanoma.
“He just wanted to find a way to help make a difference,” Eoin’s mum Sarah Hoey said.
The Prendiville Catholic College student will join Mission for melanomaWA this weekend, cycling 160km over two days.
“Eoin’s inspiration came from his uncle Mark,” Mrs Hoey said.
“He has seen his uncle remain positive and fit during his three-year cancer journey, especially after Mark had extensive surgery earlier this year for metastatic melanoma in his lymph glands followed by five weeks of radiotherapy.”
Starting tomorrow, Eoin, his dad Adrian Hoey and Mark will join a team of riders cycling from West Swan to Northam and back along the John Forrest National Park heritage trail. Along the way, they will visit schools and community groups to raise awareness of melanoma.
Each team member has a goal to raise $1000 for melanomaWA, but Eoin’s goal is to raise $2000.
“I have seen the help Uncle Mark has got from melanomaWA and the support our family has received from them is beyond amazing,” he said.
“I’m riding the Mission for melanomaWA so that I can raise lots of money so melanomaWA can continue to support affected families and to help raise awareness so in the future, families won’t have to deal with this.”
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