American-born Emily Molden is travelling all the way from Nantucket, Massachusetts this January to brace the Adelaide summer and Ride for a reason, all for a cause very special to her heart.
Emily’s mother was born and raised in Adelaide and they visited regularly while she was growing up. She explains how her family visits to Australia have always had a special place in her heart
“I have taken many trips to Australia throughout my life and it always feels a little bit like going home. It is a very long trip…but one that has always been exciting and surprisingly enjoyable to me ever since I was a child.”
“It was during a visit to Australia in 2013 when I first heard about the Santos Tour Down Under. I had just discovered my passion for riding bikes and it sounded like such a fantastic event,” explained Emily.
In 2015, Emily’s life changed forever, with her mother finding out that was living with ovarian cancer.
“My mother became a cancer warrior and faced her diagnosis, head on, however mum’s treatment has prevented our family from returning back to Australia since that visit six-and-a-half years ago.”
This year, she will be heading to her family’s “second home” for the first time since her mum’s diagnosis, riding for her and for all those impacted by cancer. For Emily, being able to raise money for Cancer Council SA while doing something she loves is really special.
“Cancer Council is an amazing organisation that several of my family members have worked for and/or benefited from over the years.”
“Cancer Council represents the very best in Cancer support services for all of my relatives in South Australia as well as every resident across the state.
“I believe strongly in what the Cancer Council does. I have seen these services go a very long way to help friends of mine in the USA and I am so happy to know that an organisation like Cancer Council is available in SA.”
In her first ride Emily is planning to ride the full tour route from Glenelg to Strathalbyn and is hoping to raise more than $1,000.
“Ride for a Reason represents a great opportunity for individuals to get on a bicycle to celebrate and honour those who cannot.”
“It is a wonderful way to use something as personal and symbolic as the effort to endure a physical challenge to raise money to provide services for those enduring the efforts of battling physical illness.”
Her message to those going through cancer is that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“Reach out to get the help and support you need and deserve from family, friends and from Cancer Council. Stay positive, and know that each and every person impacted is an inspiration and is not in it alone.”