Mum's memory drives son's purpose
TIM Smith has bought himself a stunning new road bike and has covered hundreds of kilometres in preparation for this year's Ride to Conquer Cancer.
The 20-year-old's main motivation for this year's 200km journey, however, will be thoughts of his mother Frances, who lost a long battle with breast cancer in 2011.
"Mum was only 50 when she passed away," Mr Smith said.
"It started out as breast cancer but spread to her stomach and brain.
"At the time I felt completely helpless - there was nothing I could do."
It was with the encouragement of his grandmother and Ipswich War Widow's Guild branch member Noela Stephens that Mr Smith decided to get on his bike and ride.
The War Widows have already helped their man raise more than $1300 through a morning tea and raffle.
Keen to see that he doesn't let them down, Mr Smith has been clocking up hundreds of kilometres on his new road bike, to make sure he is prepared for the challenge of riding from St Lucia to Wivenhoe Dam and back over two days on August 17-18.
"I'm feeling fitter than ever before," he said.
Donations can be made to Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer, registration number 671634/7, care of War Widows Guild of Australia (Qld) Inc, 15 Adelaide St, Brisbane 4000.