Every year Bulli's Luke Rollinson rides in the Endure for a Cure cycling event at Eastern Creek to raise money for research to combat cancer in children.
When Mr Rollinson was a young child he had battled a rare for of cancer that claimed his right eye when he was only 15 months of age. When his own children were born the same tumours were found in their eyes within the first six months of life.
Knowing what children and their families go through Mr Rollinson has become an annual participant in Endure for a Cure to raise as much as he can to help.
But this year COVID-19 almost meant the annual fundraiser didn't happen.
The original 12 hour cycling event around Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek was cancelled earlier this the year.
Mr Rollinson has not been out cycling much since that news broke but that changed suddenly when news filtered through that the Children's Cancer Institute (CCI) managed to reschedule a modified six hour cycle event this Friday.
Now Mr Rollinson is back on his bike training for the cause so close to his heart.
"I haven't ridden a bike in months," he said
"But that's not going to hold me back from donning the lycra in support of my kids, and so many other parents with children going through cancer.
"I am a proud childhood cancer survivor, and with both my young kids also having suffered and endured the same fight against eye cancer themselves, my greatest strength is my family. It is for this very reason that I am once again willing to slog it out in the fight against childhood cancer."
With so many advancements in research and technology. Mr Rollinson is excited about what the future might hold for cancer sufferers.
"But whilst ever families like mine have children fighting cancer, it is through medical research and treatment improvements, like that conducted by the CCI, that will really help children and their family's cope".
"This is my fifth year riding Endure for a Cure. With the $12,500 in donations raised already for this ride in 2020, I have now raised over $75,000 for the Children's Cancer Institute."
MMJ Real Estate town planning director wants to raise as much as he can on Friday to help cure childhood cancer so other children don't have to suffer as much. He said the Illawarra community can sponsor him and his team and make donations online.
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