Tamara Artemis is part of a team that will ride through the WA countryside over October 19 and 20 to try and raise $12,500 for the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research.
Mrs Artemis said her team had been working hard to try and gather donations and was also keen on encouraging others to join in as a rider or support person for the event.
‘On a personal level, I am aware that there are few, if any, people who have not experienced the impact of cancer personally or via witnessing a loved one endure the battle,’ she said.
‘At present I have multiple family members who are fighting various forms of cancer, but I was particularly spurred on by my aunty who lost her sister to cancer only a year ago, and who inspired me to get on my bike and take part.
‘I guess the mentality for the team is that whilst the treatment for cancer has improved markedly in recent times, it is only with continued support of medical research that we may one day find an ultimate cure or better yet prevention method/treatment for the disease.’
She said she was spurred to enter the event despite not owning a road bike yet, borrowing a friend’s mountain bike to train, and having not cycled for close to 10 years.
‘It is something that I hope my kids (19-month-old Jude and 12-week-old Archer) will look at in the future and be proud of.’.
To donate to Mrs Artemis’ ride or find out more, visit www.conquercancer.org.au and enter Participant Name: Tamara Artemis, Team Name: The Escapees or call 1300 99 RIDE (7433) and mention Tamara Artemis or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org