Eastern Courier : April 18th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Friday, April 18, 2014 Brother remembered By SCOTT YEOMAN JENNA Cook is taking up road cycling for the first time to help in the fight against cancer. The Howick resident will cycle 200km over two days in November to raise money for research in memory of her brother Richie who was diagnosed with secondary melanoma of the brain in December 2010 and died seven months later, aged 31. Richie left behind a wife and a three-month-old son. Thirty-year-old Cook will be among the hundreds taking part in the second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, which last year raised $2.1 million for the Auckland Cancer Society. The course starts in Remuera, with the promise of plenty of beautiful scenery to take in along the way. Cook is inspired by her older brother, who was always testing himself. ‘‘He was one of those go- getter type personalities. He loved a challenge and that’s part of why I wanted to sign up – he would have loved doing something like this.’’ The St John intensive care paramedic has met many cancer patients in her job and says it’s a disease that affects far too many people. ‘‘Many of us have had a loved one that has been affected by cancer, or there might be a diagnosis just around the corner.’’ The New Zealand Cancer Society says about 51 people are diagnosed every day. That’s why Cook believes the ride is as much about awareness as it is about raising money. ‘‘Cancer is not age specific – it can affect any one of us, at any time. I have seen the effects of cancer and what it does to families, what it does to patients.’’ She says it has taken her brother’s young family a long time to recover. ‘‘Richie is certainly a very missed young man. People Funding research: Jenna Cook is in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, inspired by her brother, cancer victim Richie, who ‘‘would have loved doing something like this’’. often still talk about their happy memories with him. Fortunately he packed more into his 31 years than many do in 80 years on this planet.’’ Cook is aiming to raise $5000, which will go directly towards supporting groundbreaking research and clinical trials at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. ‘‘If it was me about to face cancer, I would want to know that as much research as possible has gone into finding a cure for it,’’ she says. ‘‘But cancer research is not cheap.’’ Photo: SCOTTYEOMAN Email Cook at: twoofus@ slingshot.co.nz or go to to conquercancer.org.nz to find out more about The Ride to Conquer Cancer. Scott Yeoman is an AUT journalism student +FREE FUN Hospital open Health minister Tony Ryall opens brand new facilities at Middlemore Hospital – P3 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 TODAY Sport shots Check out the latest shots in our sports photo competition and find out how to enter your best picture – P4 On the beat Check out the latest On The Beat column from East Auckland police – P5 ONLINE Chocolate and coffee must be two of the greatest pleasures in life and the new Chocolate and Coffee Show to be held at The Cloud will celebrate both. The show is on May 3 and 4 and features what’s new in the world of chocolate and coffee. Learn new tips and techniques, discover new flavours and sample and buy decadent treats. Suburban Newspapers has a hamper valued at $100 and pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader. Go to stuff.co.nz/auckland to find out how to enter. Open Friday 3 Saturday 3 Sunday 3 Monday 3 NO CAFE SURCHARGE - ALL EASTER WEEKEND VISIT YOUR LOCAL KINGS TODAY PH: O800 PLANTS (752 687) www.kings.co.nz FOR THE KIDS Join our Easter Egg Hunt - and enter our “Emperor’s New Clothes”colouring competition. Specials end 30 April 2014 or while stocks last.
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