My name is Maxwell Shearer, I am 14 years old and I am the ambassador for the 1200km Bike Ride for Kids. When I was 10, I was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer called ganglioglioma, which is where multiple tumours grow in side my brain. I had six tumours, and as a result I had lots of brain surgery, including a dual craniotomy to remove a large tumour and reduce another. I still have five tumours which are monitored every few months.
This year the 1200kms Bike Ride for Kids will go from Sydney to Brisbane, and I will join the riders for the Ipswich to Brisbane leg. Every year for the last 11 years, the cyclists have ridden between Brisbane and Sydney. Along the way they donate medical equipment and raise money for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Children’s Hospital Foundation supports research into rare childhood cancers by funding the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank (QCTB).
For the lat 30 years there has been no change in survival rates for kids diagnosed with brain cancers. The QCTB is vital because it supports research into these types of cancers, giving kids like me hope.
I know that there may not be a cure for my cancer in my life time. However, I hope that in the future research can help find cures for cancers, making so many children’s lives better.I am not asking you to ride all the way from Sydney to Brisbane. But I am asking you to consider helping. You could do this by donating. Every dollar raised will make life better for seriously ill children and their families.