Peter Thomas Memorial Bike Ride
The 2012 Peter Thomas GCRF Bike Ride
A team of family, friends and colleagues are riding a 1000 miles in 10 days with one goal in mind to raise money for the GISTCancer Research Fund. All the money raised will go to support research which is vital to the long-term survival of those coping with GIST.(Gastro intestinal stromal tumour) .Please support us and help make a difference.
1000 Miles - 10 Days - 1 Goal
22 October to 1 November 2012
South Africa - see website for route
Why support this charity?
In 2001, Peter was diagnosed with cancer. Peter was only 37 years old and collapsed at work. At the time his children were only three years and eight years old. He was a young IT professional and had just started his own business. All his life Peter was a sport fanatic and ran several marathons and cycled professionally when he was much younger. Cancer was the last thing he expected and with such a rare cancer it was a long and hard battle. If it wasn’t for trial drugs which cost £2500 per month and the funds of GCRF for research Peter would not have had an extra five years to spend with his family and friends.
In 2006, Peter had the vision to raise money for GCRF and a team of 10-15 cyclists gathered from various countries. They cycled from Land's End to John O Groats in the United Kingdom, a distance of a1000 miles. The riders finished the race in 10 days. This event says volumes about Peter, he motivated, inspired and persuaded a varied group of people and companies from around the world to participate and give support, time and money to the ride. He organised, planned and trained, while still undergoing treatment. His positive attitude, fighting spirit and courage inspired the team to complete the ride in his honour. Sadly Peter passed away on the 22 August. With this ride a huge amount of $85 000 was raised. In 2006 Peter wrote : “The GISTe2e is very important to me. It’s about contributing to finding a cure, but it is also about showing the kids what their dad was once made of.“
In 2009 another team from 9 different countries gathered in Montreal and cycled a 1000 miles to New York and raised $60 000. Dylan, Peter's son, was only 10 at the time and cycled almost 800 miles.
This year, 2012, Dylan, now 14, is taking on the challenge yet again ,challenging himself and keeping Peter's dream alive.
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Help us to keep Peter's vision alive... "To challenge yourself"!
The GISTe2e 2012 Team
Riette Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Wayne Thomas, Bruce Torrey, Peter Campbell, Bob Murray & Marcia Feller, David Hall, Wouter Hansen, Matthias Liebich, Joanne Arnold, Chris Visagie, Ewie Rust, Craig Dunlop, Phil Reunert.