A Launceston man is doing his part in aiding cancer research in the hopes a cure will be found one day.
Pete McCarron is a rider for the Tour de Cure Signature Tour in March 2022, but this is not his first time. In fact, the rider is in his seventh year of supporting the cause.
To raise funds, Mr McCarron and his wife Kim hosted a Lunch for a Cure event in Launceston on Sunday. The event was inspired by a friend who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
"This event is raising funds for cancer research which is all about what Tour de Cure does," he said.
"They fund the researchers to look down the microscopes and hopefully one day find a cure for cancer, but in the short term they are having all these breakthroughs."
Tour de Cure has raised more than $70 million for research since the organisation was opened in 2007 and has funded 563 cancer projects.
"Everyone has a cancer story. My mum has had two goes at breast cancer, we have lost family members to lung cancer, and we have a dear friend who has been tackling bone cancer for five years," Mr McCarron said.
Next year the rider will not have to tackle the event alone as his daughter, Lia, will be joining him.
"I have decided to step up next year and go and give it a go with dad," she said.
"I'm not riding, but I am supporting. It could be anything from being a barista, to service of food, to navigator. Whatever they need.
"Anything I can do to help make [cancer survivor's] lives a little bit easier, or even for [the future] if I can raise some money and that money contributes to finding a cure ... that would be ideal."
Ms McCarron said everyone had been either indirectly or directly affected by cancer and it was important to hold events and fundraisers to spread awareness.
Ms McCarron has watched her grandmother suffer from cancer twice and her surrogate grandfather fight cancer. One of her friend's mothers just went through her second round with the disease.
"We do it for those people," she said.
To donate, visit tourdecure.com.au.
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