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Louise's story of courage

31 March 2014

*** UPDATE - View Louise's story on TVNZ ONE News, 4 May 2014 ***

Just over a year ago Louise Curtis, a 43 year old mother of two, was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Louise is not taking her terminal cancer diagnosis lying down and is instead embarking on what she calls a year on her bike. We are in complete awe of Louise’s dedication to remaining active and using this as a way to make a real difference for others affected by cancer. Thank you Louise for everything you are doing to help support our cancer research – you are a true inspiration to so many.

Here is her story:

Louise with the Malaghan Institute's Victoria Hale

Hi I’m Louise Curtis, a 43 year old mother of two and a keen cyclist.

I was diagnosed with Brain Lesion in December 2012. Later it was found to be Cancer. I would like to show “Survivors” of Cancer, and any other chronic condition, that it shouldn’t hold you back. To do this I will be taking part in two cycling events and holding cycling fundraisers throughout the year.

I have been told I might have five years left, if that. I’d like to know that I can help, and do something in that time.

You can help by making a donation on my fundraising page. 100% of your donation will go to supporting two great causes; the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Cancer Society Wellington.

Thank you for your support – it really means a lot.

Louise's Cycling Calendar:

March – Two hour RPM’athon at Les Mills Extreme. Watch a video from the event here.

April - Ride the iconic Grape Ride in Marlborough, 101kms.

July - Two hour indoor cycle event with Les Mills RPM Instructors

August - 24 hour event called the “Crank”.

November - Partake in the “Ride to Conquer Cancer” in Auckland, 200kms over two days.

Louise also featured in the Saturday Express, Blenheim Malborough just last month. You can read more about Louise and her story here.