[UPDATE 13 Apr 2013] I’m a third of the way to my fund-raising target! And riding farther!
If you don’t know already, I am living with advanced prostate cancer. It was diagnosed in 2010, when I had a radical prostatectomy and adjuvant radiotherapy. Unfortunately, the disease was discovered too late and had already spread elsewhere in my body. However, the disease is not yet visible in scans, only as a PSA level in a blood test. I am currently undergoing hormone therapy: without testosterone, the disease turns off for a while. I have time to tackle a few ‘bucket list’ adventures!
One day I will depend on the services of the publicly-funded Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. I believe strongly in the public health system, which has served me well so far in my treatment. It is shocking that the Government has recently reduced their annual budget allocation for Peter Mac.
Therefore, I have decided to attempt the 200 km Ride to Conquer Cancer in October to raise money for the Centre and raise awareness of the facility. The ride will occur over two days.
Please help me raise at least $5,700 for the Centre through my ride. That’s $100 for each year of my age, but feel free to contribute what you can. I might not know enough people personally, so please extend my call to your friends and colleagues.
I have been a cyclist all my life. In the early 1980s I cycled across Netherlands, Belgium and France. When I immigrated from Canada in 1987, I arrived in Brisbane with a bike that I rode down the Pacific Highway to Newcastle (if I could survive that, I can survive anything). Later I did bike tours from Sydney down to Eden, and around the west coast of Tasmania. In 1990 I was one of the first (foreigners) to travel independently for two months with my bike in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
Riding 200 kms will be a challenge for me. While I remain active, the lack of testosterone has changed my physiology so that I cannot build muscle mass and aerobic capacity. I live with perpetual fatigue and mild arthritis. But I have a very good road bike which will make the journey easier. I get out walking and riding every day, and I am an active geocacher. Unlike many men who struggle with depression in a similar situation, I have been able to maintain a level attitude that has helped carry me forward. The encouragement and support of friends has been crucial.
I look forward to sharing the challenge of the ride with many others who are living with cancer. It will be a fantastic experience, and I hope you will follow my progress.
So I hope you are in a position to support my Ride to Conquer Cancer now with a donation. Please follow me on Facebook as I prepare for the ride.
Url to my campaign page: http://ml13.conquercancer.org.au/goto/support-ron-lubensky
Up-to-date training log: http://goo.gl/3owIe
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