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Ones man's epic adventure for the cancer fight

Thursday 18 December, 2008

Cancer Council Victoria supporter, Mr Mike McKenzie, will ride his bicycle from Melbourne to Perth in memory of loved ones lost to cancer on Thursday 18 December.

Mr McKenzie, 58, said after losing several close friends to cancer in the past 18 months and facing his own skin cancer diagnosis, he was motivated to see what he could do to help the cancer fight.

"I decided to ride to Perth to honour those who I've lost to cancer and inspire those along the way to become aware of the impact cancer has in our lives and the important work of the Cancer Council," Mr McKenzie said.

"I plan to raise $10,000 for the Cancer Council, and I've already raised $2,000 through donations," he said.

With his wife and youngest son as his support crew, he plans to arrive in Perth on Australia Day - to meet this goal, Mr McKenzie will cover between 90 to 120 km each day, and even intends to ride on Christmas Day.

Cancer Council spokesperson, Ms Irene Manitta, said Mr McKenzie was a great example of the type of people who undertake physical challenges to raise money for the Cancer Council.

"Mr McKenzie will ride over 3600 km in challenging summer conditions - it's an amazing example of the extraordinary lengths Victorians go to raise money to fight cancer.

"He also proves age is no barrier for epic adventures, and I hope he inspires others to create their own fundraising event for the Cancer Council," Ms Manitta said.

To donate to Mike McKenzie's fundraiser or to create your own fundraising event, call 1300 65 65 85, or visit and search for ‘Mike McKenzie'.

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