Chris Gruar has cycled around the world, through 40 countries and over 40,000km to support international cancer research.
His trip ended yesterday at the University of Sydney.
Today he dropped into Children’s Medical Research Institute in Westmead to see one of the cancer labs he’s helped fund.
A scar on his forehead marks his earlier riding efforts as a child and he laughed as he told us he’d never hugely been into cycling.
But this trip for Chris was more about the journey and the cause than the mode of transport.
Like many people, Chris has had family members affected by cancer. In March 2012, he decided to take a break from his regular job as a High School teacher and do something to support cancer research – cycling from London to Sydney.
“I hope to contribute to the global fight against cancer. This trip is also about challenging myself and experiencing the world through an epic travel adventure,” Chris said.
Riding into the early hours of the morning, witness to the kindness of truck drivers who stopped to fill up the water bottle he held above his head on a desolate stretch of highway, and thousands of kilometres without seeing another soul.
Chris has been to 40 countries – each and every one of them affected by cancer.
Chris’s fundraising efforts support AICR, an international cancer charity located in the UK. Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) has received AICR funding for its work on telomerase, which may be important for finding treatments for 85% of all cancers.
“We’re honoured to host Chris,” CMRI Director Roger Reddel said.
“He’s completed an extraordinary feat, and we are inspired by his dedication to help fund cancer research.”