Group will ride to conquer cancer

Some members of the Cycopaths.
Some members of the Cycopaths.

Last year one member of this group, Gena Hart from Mandurah, rode with broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and a bout of pneumonia.

This time around it has been a year since she was diagnosed as a carrier of the BRCA 2 gene mutation.

‘It was the ride in October that prompted me to take it seriously, research my options and get proactive,’ she said.

‘Within a month of the ride I underwent a full hysterectomy and bilateral oopherectomy ” removal of both ovaries.

‘Six months after the operation it was suggested that I have a double mastectomy sooner rather than later, as the hormones needed to cope with menopause have shown to be an increased risk for breast cancer.’

Ms Hart said she had no major physical issues – just a few months off the bike – but emotionally she was a wreck.

‘A whirlwind of drugs, hormones, counselling and most importantly the full and loving support of my family and friends has managed to help me through this ordeal,’ she said.

The Cycopaths have raised more than $39,000 so far through personal donations, private functions, sausage sizzles, chocolates, Krispy Kreme and a bike raffle.

They hope to raise more than $42,000.

To donate search Gena Hart or the Cycopaths at conquercancer.org.au.