Pedalling for Patrick and children with cancer
WHEN Jason Wyeth's son Patrick was diagnosed with a brain tumour 10 years ago it was devastating for his family.
Patrick was just three years old.
In the following nine months, Patrick endured 31radiation treatments and three rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, battling numerous infections and life-threatening complications along the way.
The treatment saved Patrick's life but he suffers many long-term side effects, including hearing issues, learning and reading impediments and short-term memory problems.
This is why Mr Wyeth is getting on his bike and riding almost 500km for the second time to raise money for the Lions Children's Cancer Institute Fun Ride on April 4.
The aim of the ride is to raise money for families and children going through what Mr Wyeth's family endured.
Mr Wyeth raised $1800 in last year's ride and hopes to raise the same or better this year.
Every year in Australia, more than 950 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer.
Mr Wyeth said Patrick, who was now in Year 7, had been in remission for nine years.
"Everybody who rides, rides because they know someone who's had cancer - and kids don't ask for it, it just happens," he said.
Of the young people diagnosed each year, about three die every week.
The ride starts in Ipswich, with overnight stops in Laidley, Fernvale, Esk and Gatton before finishing in Ipswich on April 8.
Mr Wyeth said the ride would cover almost 500km in four days, sleeping in Lions halls each night.
Kingaroy State School held a free dress day on Tuesday to raise money for the ride.
To donate, visit www.everydayhero.com/au and search for Jason Wyeth.