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Motorbike tour for a cancer cure

16/Sep/2011

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Telethon Adventurers founder Matt Turner (left) with Nathan Bergmans. Telethon Adventurers founder Matt Turner (left) with Nathan Bergmans.

A ROCKINGHAM car dealer rode his motorcycle 2500km across American canyon country to raise money for a mate’s daughter, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Nathan Bergmans made the trek to Las Vegas last month as part of the Telethon Adventurer’s USA Tour for a Cure.

A Harley Davidson enthusiast, he joined 12 other riders as they donned their helmets to fundraise and promote awareness of childhood cancer – with a few Ford Mustang convertible lovers tagging along for the drive.

Although he had donated to the non-profit group in the past, Mr Bergmans said he wanted to become more involved to support his best friend and group co-founder Matt Turner.

Mr Turner’s three-year-old daughter Emily was diagnosed with cancer last year.

“Watching the distress he encountered and frustration was truly horrible,” Mr Bergmans said. “So when Matt became a Telethon Adventurer, and started his campaign to bring funding and awareness to something I had witnessed first hand, I too wanted to help.

“If it means just one family does not have to endure the pain of what Matt and many others have (experienced), then I feel it’s a truly wonderful outcome.”

The journey took Mr Bergmans across six well-known American national parks; Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Arches, Dead Horse Point and the Grand Canyon.

Having never done a road trip like this before, he said the hardest part was being away for his son’s 10th birthday.

The tour raised $80,000.

The adventurers’ funding target for 2011 is $2 million, which will go towards buying new equipment and research at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Visit www.theadventurers.|com.au.


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