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Sarah s ride to remember
Sarah Power. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

A little over a year ago Sarah Power lost the love of her life to leukaemia.

The 24-year-old Applecross woman hopes to channel the bravery she saw in boyfriend Xavier Murphy to push her across the finish line at this weekend’s 200km Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The couple met when Ms Power moved to the US State of Indiana to study.

They decided to continue their relationship after Ms Power returned to Perth to complete her studies, making plans for Mr Murphy to eventually move to Australia.

But those plans were shattered after Mr Murphy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Complications took hold and Mr Murphy’s condition deteriorated rapidly.

A week before his 23rd birthday, he fell into a coma and was expected to live only minutes.

He held on to life for another five hours as his family tried to get Ms Power on the phone to say goodbye.

Ms Power will join 1219 cyclists and supporters on the ride, which starts at McCallum Park at 6.45am this morning and heads to Pinjarra and back tomorrow.

The cyclists have raised $4.6million.

Funds raised will go to the WA Institute for Medical Research.

The West Australian

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