FOUR months ago Killarney nurse Merri Vandekolk was a virtual non-cyclist — now she pushes the pedals almost every day in a bid to ride 500 kilometres next month to raise money for cancer research.
“In my work I see many cases where adults have cancer, but I’m also aware of the very young who have it in their infancy,” Ms Vandekolk said.
“They should be able to live a full life. I decided to join the Great Cycle Challenge to help find cures for cancer.”
The challenge is a national initiative aimed at raising $1.5 million this year towards a research centre at the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
More than 5150 people, including several from the south-west, are preparing for the October challenge in which they set distance and funding targets.
Ms Vandekolk has raised her profile via Facebook and raised more than $200 so far towards her $500 target.
“Before I bought a road bike in May I hadn’t been on a bike much since I was a kid,” she confessed.
“Now I try to go riding three or four times a week.”
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