THERE are those memorable times in our lives when we encounter someone who has a profound effect on us.
They may be a teacher who inspired and shaped our goals, or even someone on a TV program who has overcome an enormous tragedy or challenge in life and shows how they deal positively with their adversity.
Then there are those who go about their daily lives quietly getting on with their job, but who have an enormous, positive impact on the lives of their family, friends and community.
The late Tony Brown, or Doc Brown as he was known, was such a man.
Doc Brown’s brother-in-law, Peter Still, said as a rural community GP in Bega, Doc Brown’s priority in life was to care for his patients as best as he possibly could.
“And, even when he was battling cancer, he continued to think first of his patients and only second of himself,” Mr Still said.
In memory of Doc Brown, Mr Still has organised a team for the Sunsuper Conquer Cancer bike ride.
Mr Still said another medical specialist, who came to national prominence and won many hearts because of his dedication to and empathy with his patients was Chris O’Brien, the brain surgeon made famous by the TV reality show, RPA.
“Both these men died as a result of cancer and the world is a poorer place because of it,” Mr Still said.
“But the memories and dreams they held dear have lived on and in Chris’s case that was to build a cancer centre with state of the art facilities, equipment and research to take the care of cancer patients into a whole new realm of possibilities.”
The lives of these two medicos are what has inspired Milton residents Peter Still and Mick Crowle and Peter’s step-son Patrick to don the lycra and pedal for 200 gruelling kilometres over two days in October.
They are participating in the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and see Dr O’Brien’s dream become a reality.
“As a world class facility it will treat a wide range of cancer diagnoses and give hope to so many patients and families as they face their own cancer journey and, importantly to us, for those cancer patients and their families in the southern area of the state who will access this facility in Sydney,” Mr Still said.
“If you have been touched by cancer yourself, in your family or group of friends, then you will understand the emotional roller coaster that comes with this disease and the confidence and hope created by having access to personalised care in such a world class, state of the art cancer centre.”
The three men have set themselves a fundraising target of $11,000, a valuable contribution towards the cost of equipment in the fit out, but they still have a way to go to meet that target.
To learn more about the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA and the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer, visit the website at www.conquercancer.org.au.
Donations can be made online by following the links on the website to the team list and then click on Peter, Mick and Patrick’s team page, “Doc Brown’s Riders for a Cure”.
Mr Still said corporate sponsorship would be greatly appreciated to keep the team going, or it may be that you are a mate of Tony’s and would like to help.
To make a donation, call Peter Still on 4454 5652 or 0448 545 652, or Mick Crowle on 0410 468 049.
Alternatively, postal donations close by September 13, while online donations can be made right up until the day of the ride.