On July 14th 2011, when I was thirteen, I was diagnosed with cancer, Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma on the left orbit.
This is a cancer of the soft tissues and usually begins in the muscles that are attached to bones, that help the body move. In my case, in the muscles of my eye.
I underwent intensive chemotherapy once a week for 20 weeks and radiotherapy every day for 5 weeks. This had to be done in Adelaide, some 370 km from my hometown in Naracoorte.
The side effects from treatment started to take it's toll; my hair fell out, I was sick all the time and tired all the time. The chemo affected my nerves so I couldn't walk and the travelling between Naracoorte and Adelaide became too hard.
The Childhood Cancer Association (CCA)provided a home away from home, a fully furnished 2 bedroom unit to live in while I was receiving treatment.
They also supplied a wheelchair for me to use, paid for a tutor to help me keep up with my schoolwork, supplied counseling services, helped financially when things got tough,paid for massages for my mum, tickets to the movies and the zoo and helped in many more ways.
To say thank you, I have decided to raise money for CCA by riding from Naracoorte to Adelaide, raising awareness for this disease on the way.
Harry's Ride for Childhood Cancer will take place from 22nd to 27th September 2013.
Please help me in my quest to support this very worthy cause and raise awareness for Childhood Cancer.