Sunday, January 13, 2013

On behalf of Ross Allen.

G'day to you all

On Sunday 24th March 2013 I will be competing in IRONMAN® Melbourne and helping cure cancer. I have already started training hard for the 3.8km swim, 180km ride, 42.2km run and now, another important part of my journey beings... Raising money to find a cure for cancer.

Many of you will know about my recent encounter with cancer. A brief history and update: March 2012 and I get that phone call you never want from a doctor after blood tests and a biopsy to be told I have prostate cancer. Having recently retired after 34 years with the SA Government in 2011 and having celebrated my 60th birthday in Nov that year, dealing with an aggressive cancer was not part of my plans. I had to make some decisions about treatment, but doing nothing was not an option. MRI, CAT scans and a full body bone scan indicated no cancer elsewhere, so I opted for robotic assisted surgery with Peter Sutherland at the RAH in June 2012. I don't reckon there is a better person to have at the controls. All went well and I got back into training and joined the Australian Team at the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand last October. Six months post-op and blood tests indicate I have been fortunate, but there is a 20% chance my cancer could show up again down the track so regular monitoring is essential.

It is most likely that you, or a loved one or a close friend have also been effected by cancer in some way. If not, you are extremely lucky.

So I am now doing my bit for cancer research and awareness by tackling the 226 kms of Ironman Melbourne in March. I have committed to fundraise at least $2000 for Tour de Cure and would like your support. Please see below for details on the cancer projects your donations will help fund. While I will be doing the hard work, join me on this journey and consider what each kilometre I travel is worth to you. I would greatly appreciate any support you could give me. Simply click the yellow "donate to me" button on the top right corner of this email and your donation will go towards my fundraising tally and help cure cancer. Don't forget to leave me a message too! I promise to do you proud and keep you updated on my training and how I go at IRONMAN® Melbourne.

Thanks for your support, regards
Ross Allen Mobile 0478228399

PS. Over six years Tour de Cure has funded 89 cancer research, support and prevention projects for men, women and children. They have raised over $8 million in the fight against cancer and are also focused on raising cancer awareness across communities. Tour de Cure are the proud charity partner of IRONMAN Melbourne for the next three years. To find out more about Tour de Cure  please go

If you know someone who you think may also like to support me, please forward this message to them.

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