Last weekend (5-6 December) the Urology team rode a virtual 1000km and raised $153,000 for prostate cancer patient care. The inaugural ‘Pump the Pedals for Prostate Cancer’ was held at Casey Hospital, raising funds for new ultrasound prostate biopsy equipment and to extend the prostate cancer nursing program.
Monash Health Chief Executive Andrew Stripp helped kick off the event on the Saturday morning. AFL commentator and former player Brian ‘BT’ Taylor helped motivate the riders and pro cycler and SBS cycling commentator Matt Keenan set the pace.
Head of Urology Scott Donnellan said that the event exceeded their initial expectations.
“At first we thought a good target would be $40,000 and we quickly achieved that so lifted the goal and lifted it again,” Scott said. “The final goal was $150,000 and we are delighted to have gone through this target.”
“The funds will really make a difference by reducing waiting times for biopsy and enhancing patient care. Our sincere thanks to all the sponsors, donors and supporters.”
In addition to the ultrasound equipment, funds raised at this year’s and future rides will help to fund additional prostate cancer nurses for the prostate cancer pathway and the new innovation of Australia’s first nurse-led prostate cancer survivorship clinic.
Director of the Monash Health Foundation Ron Fairchild congratulated the team.
“The Urology team did an amazing job in conceiving and running the event. Their efforts are truly inspiring,” Ron said.
“Our Foundation events team were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated individuals as Scott Donnellan and David Wetherell.”
For more information visit: www.pumpthepedals.org