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2017 was another incredibly successful year for Mercer SuperCycle! The dedicated riders, support crew and volunteer committee raised a staggering $405,000 to support country cancer patients and their families through The Hospital Research Foundation’s (THRF) Under Our Roof project.

This year the army of SuperCyclists were riding to see construction begin on more homes for country cancer patients to stay whilst receiving treatment in Adelaide hospitals. For many of the riders, like Eric Young who travels from Brisbane to Adelaide to participate, the cause is very close to their heart.

Eric Young
Eric Young

“The cause is one I can relate to. My sister lives inland from Byron Bay and has five children so any major medical issues for them is a two hour trip each way to Brisbane. So when she developed breast cancer, the travel was hard for her,” Eric said.

Watching his sister battle breast cancer gave Eric an understanding of the burden people from the country face when they are diagnosed with cancer. Whyalla resident Paul Fennell faced a long road ahead after being diagnosed with prostate cancer at 60-years-old. Paul was able to stay at both our Mercer House and then Bendigo Bank House during his treatment, and he was very grateful for it.

“The homes are ideally situated within a 10 minute drive to the beach. So most days either before or after treatment we would go for long beach walks,” Paul said.

“Gardening at the house became a bit of therapy for me, being out and about and feeling like I was doing the normal things I would do at home.”

Back in his hometown of Whyalla, Paul’s PSA has dropped by over 75 per cent as a result of radiotherapy and hopefully it will only continue to fall.

Paul Fennell
Paul Fennell

“My prostate cancer is now seen as curative. I can’t thank all the people involved in Mercer SuperCycle and the various donors from the THRF community enough. The time and energy that was put into those homes is amazing and it did myself a world of good,” Paul said.

The sanctuary the Under Our Roof homes provide people like Paul is only made possible thanks to riders like Eric along with the support crew and volunteer committee involved in Mercer SuperCycle and you, our generous donor community. But the need is still there, and plans are in full swing for the next homes located closer to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital – stay tuned for details!

For the first time ever, Mercer SuperCycle for 2018 will be travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide via the scenic Great Ocean Road! Riders will be covering over 1000kms with picturesque views across Victoria and South Australia from the 18th – 24th March.

Register today!

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Eric Young
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Paul Fennell