Fourteen years ago Timothy Burns lost his 18-year-old brother Paul to an aggressive form of cancer.
Aged 17 at the time, Mr Burns said he felt helpless, with nothing left to do but pray and spend as much time as possible with his older brother.
Forward to 2012 and Mr Burns is participating in the 200km Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Mr Burns said he now had a great opportunity to do something practical to honour an incredible bloke and mate, and to try and make a small impact against the awful disease.
“It’s a fitting tribute to a bloke who was fit and strong and sadly can’t be here to ride the distance himself,” he said.
“So I plan on riding it, not for him, but for myself and the countless others still dealing with the disease or the tragic loss of a loved one.
“I’m riding to do my bit, for some fun, but also to be able to contribute in a way that I was unable to 14 years ago.”
Mr Burns hopes to raise $5000 for the cause, with all funds raised benefitting the WA Institute for Medical Research.
The two-day Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer departs from Perth on October 21 for Pinjarra.
To donate visit conquercancer.org.au and search for Timothy Burns on the Sunsuper Dream Team (ID number 961108-5).