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ECU alumni cycling to save lives

Monday, 17 January 2011

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Cancer is one of the leading killers in the world, with an estimated 12.7 million people diagnosed with cancer each year. 

Edith Cowan University (ECU) alumni Mr Neville Wadia is making a small difference in the lives of those affected by cancer, completing the first solo ride from Bangalore to Bombay on Thursday, 23 December to raise much needed funds and awareness in his home country of India.  

Mr Wadia, who graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) in 2003, travelled 1,000 kilometres over 10-days with only a small backpack in the hope that his efforts would inspire and educate the community about the disease. 

All funds raised were donated to the Health Awareness Centre (HAC), who run a recovery centre in Mumbai that treats terminally ill cancer patients through the use of diet and exercise. 

“The centre in Mumbai caught my attention because they do things differently and challenge science through treating terminally ill cancer patients without drugs.” 

“The treatment has had positive feedback in both the US and India, with numerous instances of the disease being reversed, and I really wanted to provide the centre with the publicity and funding needed to continue their good work,” said Mr Wadia. 

Completing the journey alone helped Mr Wadia gain a greater understanding of the loneliness and isolation associated with the disease. 

“My family insisted I do the ride with someone but I wanted to do it alone to understand, even slightly, what it feels like to have a disease like cancer. To me cancer isn't about the pain, the suffering or the treatments, it’s about being alone even though you have a million supporters around you.” 

“No one understands what you are going through at this time, it's such a lonely feeling, and sometimes it’s this feeling that overcomes the individual more than the cancer itself,” said Mr Wadia. 

For more information on the 10-day ride, or to donate, visit the Bicycle Diaries blog, or alternatively email Mr Wadia on nev409@hotmail.com.

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