Worth the struggle

Lou Castillo, who has cancer, is still game to join the Bike Hike for Asthma to support his daughter.
Lou Castillo, who has cancer, is still game to join the Bike Hike for Asthma to support his daughter.

Mr Castillo will ride the Mini Hike of the 2013 Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma on Sunday, March 24 to help find a cure for a condition that has affected his daughter.

Mr Castillo, who is fighting his own battle with non-primary cancer of the neck, has a history of cycling for charity. He rode the length of the Pacific Coast Highway in 1972 to raise funds.

‘I had always considered myself lucky to live without pain and so I had wanted to help those who were struggling,’ he said.

‘Now I am struggling and will struggle to get through this ride.

‘Training for the event has been difficult due to the effects from the operations but I love cycling and talking to people about bikes. It stops me getting caught up on the effects cancer has had on my life.

‘I buy, fix and sell used bikes for no profit to share my love of cycling, and I encourage the people who buy my bikes to sign up for the RAC Freeway Bike Hike.’

Participants can choose from the Full Hike in Mandurah, the Jetts Fitness Mid Hike from Kwinana or Currambine, and the Mini Hike from Bull Creek or Stirling.

All distances finish at The City of Perth finish precinct at Langley Park.

Registrations are now open at www.racfreewaybikehike.|com.au.