ALL GEARED UP: Garry and Liz Lewis, of Numulgi, are doing a 200km charity cycle in their Epic Ride to Conquer Cancer.
ALL GEARED UP: Garry and Liz Lewis, of Numulgi, are doing a 200km charity cycle in their Epic Ride to Conquer Cancer. CATHY ADAMS

Family history pushes cyclist to raise funds

TAKING part in a charity ride for cancer awareness will mean more to Liz Lewis than most.

That is because the Numulgi resident has a genetic predisposition to contracting bowel cancer and is currently fighting to stay fit and positive. Liz's parents died from bowel cancer.

She and her son, who both carry the genetic trigger for bowel cancer, had their large intestines removed as a preventative. To raise awareness for the disease, and contribute funds to the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse ride to conquer cancer, Liz and her husband Garry are in training for the two-day, 200km event in western Sydney in October.

Garry doesn't need to train as much, as he embraced the pushbike about six years ago and regularly rides 80km or more with the social group Lismore Peddlers.

But Liz is new to the sport.

Yesterday she was still recovering from her first 70km training ride.

"I slept all that afternoon," she said.

"But today I feel better in the lungs.

"And we've just ridden 20km into Lismore on a 'recovery' ride.

"The October ride will help raise a bit of money for the charity and a bit of awareness for the disease.

"So many people around here are touched by cancer and it is something most people don't like to talk about."

Since having her large intestine removed, Liz says she is "soldiering on" and eating well, but avoiding onions and Brussels sprouts: those foods compromise even the healthiest large intestine.

Most importantly she is "living life to the full".

"This is a good chance to lose weight," she said.



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