My name is Brett Goodsall but to those who know me I am g-train or giant.
This November I will set off solo on a journey which will see myself and my beloved bicycle “Izzy” travel together from The Bay in Glenelg, South Australia, along the coasts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, to my destination of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, some 2,400 kilometres.
The purpose of this journey is uncomplicated: I will ride to raise $10,000 (at least) for vital cancer research undertaken at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.
Cancer is prolific. In one way or another it is statistically guaranteed to affect you and I and everyone in between in some way. In 2012, cancer was estimated to be the leading cause of burden of disease in Australia. 116,580 new cases were diagnosed in 2012. This figure is expected to rise to 149,990 in 2020. The human and economic burden is set to increase. Funding research will improve screening and early detection, treatment and improved quality of life and survival for patients and their families.
The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, incorporating the LIVESTRONG Cancer Centre and ACRF Cancer Prevention Unit, is a leading cancer centre in Australia, housing world-class care and survivorship services alongside innovative cancer prevention and early intervention research.
We all know someone who has been affected by cancer in one of its many guises. When I was 16 I lost a friend to cancer and, more recently, my father was diagnosed. A wonderful team combined with brilliant evidence-based research which saw Dad effectively enter into remission upon completion of his chemoradiotherapy.
There is no doubt that great advancements in cancer research have been made during our own lifetimes. I want to see more. Please get behind me to support this important research.
Brett Goodsall is an ex-paramedic–cum–medical student studying at Flinders University, South Australia. Among other things he has a penchant for eating ice cream and riding his bicycle. He is interested in preventative health and has strong sense of social justice.
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