The Westerner

Conquering cancer with pedal power

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Source: Damian Staveley

Elissa McConaghy from Dayboro has signed up for her second Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer ride.

Elissa McConaghy from Dayboro has signed up for her second Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer ride.

Dayboro’s Elissa McConaghy is seeking donations before tackling the 200km Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer bike ride in August.

Elissa will ride as part of the Rockin’ Rouleurs team, aiming to raise over $7000 for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

“My original reason for signing up was my sister, uncle and nanna had all had melanomas in the last couple of years,” she said.

“Just before Christmas my great uncle was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“Cancer affects everyone – it could be you, me, our parents, kids, siblings or friends. It is too big a disease to ignore”

Elissa took part in the 2011 ride with a team of four other women and together they raised in excess of $14,000.

“This year my team is a little smaller but the total hasn’t changed so each of us has to raise a minimum of $2500,” she said.

Elissa has been training seven days a week to prepare for the ride, hoping to improve her physical performance compared to the 2011 ride.

“Last year when I signed up I actually didn’t even have a bike… so last year’s ride hurt, to say the least,” she said.

“But the pain, sweat and tears for those two days is nothing when compared to the impact cancer has on someone’s life and family.

“It is predicted that cancer will affect one intwo people during their lifetime.

“By riding in this event we are hoping to do something about it.”

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