Cancer survivor rides into Bundy
BREAST cancer survivor Tony Ryan rode into town yesterday as part of his 1800km charity trip.
Mr Ryan was diagnosed in 2008 and is riding from Mossman to Brisbane to raise money for breast cancer research and create awareness of the disease among men.
The Ingham motorcycle enthusiast, who lost his mother and aunts to breast cancer, said most people were not aware breast cancer also affects men.
“I couldn't believe it when I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Mr Ryan said.
“I didn't know any men who had had breast cancer and I found there's not a lot of awareness in the community of male breast cancer.”
The 56-year-old father of five girls and one boy has undertaken the trike journey with his wife Frances.
“I am looking forward to completing the ride and putting this journey behind me,” he said.
“If it makes one male consider the need to check for breast cancer then it will be a success.”
Cancer Council Queensland Fundraising co-ordinator Heather Martin said Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October was the perfect time to remind men that they too can develop breast cancer and need to be as breast aware as women.
“In 2006, over 2400 women and 23 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Queensland, it's a health concern right across the community,” she said.
“Tony is doing a great job raising awareness of male breast cancer and Pink Ribbon Day (October 26) and we really appreciate his hard work to raise funds for the Cancer Council.”