Allan Twidale will participate in Ride to Conquer Cancer. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Allan Twidale will participate in Ride to Conquer Cancer. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Allan riding for a cure for cancer and honouring Razzel

ALLAN Twidale has experienced first-hand the devastation cancer can bring.

Rae Twidale, known to all as Razzel. Her son Allan will take part in the 2014 Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer in her memory.
Rae Twidale, known to all as Razzel. Her son Allan will take part in the 2014 Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer in her memory. Photo contributed ROK020714rae1

But it wasn't until after she died in 2010 that Allan discovered just how deep her suffering was when he read the journal she kept throughout her treatment.

"To sit in hospital and watch your mother or loved one die is heartbreaking," he said.

Now Allan's determined to help others, taking part in his third Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer in August.

During the event he'll join thousands of people cycling 200kms over two days to raise funds for cancer research.

Last year Allan raised $18,500 for the cause. It's a figure he and his five teammates hope to smash this year, with a goal of $40,000.

"If we can make any sort of difference, that's what it's all about," Allan said.

"(The event) means hope."

Allan said his mum was a very generous person who would be "chuffed" to see him riding for research.



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