Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens
In Australia, 3 children die of cancer every week. Please sponsor me and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer and save little lives!
I've Ridden 112.8 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 1545th
  • State: 65th in ACT
  • My Team: 3rd
I've raised $821.00 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

My Story

5 Sep 2018

This October, I am again taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge.

Right now, cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia, 3 die every week. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

But cancer is a big killer for adults too. My mother died from leukemia, which is the third biggest cancer killer in Australia. Thanks to research, more kids are surviving leukemia every day, but over half of the adults diagnosed with blood cancer will lose their lives.

And so I am riding and raising funds to support the Children's Medical Research Institute to continue their work into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure for childhood cancer, while remembering the many families affected by adult cancer also.

Please support my challenge by making a donation through my fundraising page to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Together, we can save lives.

Thanks for your support.

My Challenge

  • 13.2 km ride - LBG Group ride 2 - Thursday, 31 October 2019

    From Questacon carpark to Questacon carpark

    Logged this ride 13 days ago
  • 19.9 km ride - About town - Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    From Home to Home

    Logged this ride 14 days ago
  • Back on two wheels - Yerrabi Circuit
    28 Oct 2019

    After a week's break, I'm back on the bike to finish of my km's for the Challenge. Which I owe my wonderful sponsors because over the weekend, I reached my fundraising target. Yay!! Thanks everyone.

    So, another 10km closer! Still on holidays and a perfect day (after three days of howling winds and dust storm, Canberra is breathing a sigh of relief, but still wishing it would JUST RAIN!). Today's ride is one I'd hoped to get done before the month was out - a ride around Yerrabi Pond. I'd also hoped to combine it with a Gungahlin Pond loop but not only is my wrist not up to the extra distance (although I've not ridden for a week, I've instead done close to 1,000kms of driving!), half of the bike path around Gungahlin Pond is currently dug up due to road works, so it's not to be. Never mind, I've enjoyed this ride, and have two more smallish rides planned that will get me to my target on time.

    Back on two wheels - Yerrabi Circuit
    Posted 16 days ago
  • 9.5 km ride - Yerrabi Circuit - Monday, 28 October 2019

    From Home to Home

    Logged this ride 16 days ago
  • What we can achieve!
    20 Oct 2019

    Only a short ride to report on for the weekend. Just to church and then the shops. Another functional ride. But I'm inching closer to my target, and doing so with little impact on my wrist. Yay!

    Instead the focus of my weekend was a visit to the Northern Suburbs Crematorium to pay respects to my mother's family and lay another member to rest. Reflecting on this day and the other times I have visited here, I had cause to think of how far we've come with cancer research in the 30 years since I first visited this place to say goodbye to my Nanna. She died of bowel cancer, which was discovered too late to help her.

    This weekend we buried my aunt, her daughter, who died of pneumonia and heart failure, so basically, old age. She never suffered from the bowel cancer that her heritage could have passed on, and neither did my mother. This is because we now know enough about bowel cancer to know how to look for it, and treat any early signs as soon as they appear. This is what cancer research does, and we still need to do more, because bowel cancer still kills people, and there still needs to be a better way to test for it (ask anyone who has had to endure a colonoscopy!).

    Also, my mother died from a different cancer, that is still incurable, though, even since she died only 2 years ago, great leaps and bounds have already been made. So this is why I ride, so that we can raise more funds for the vital work of beating cancer and giving our kids a brighter future without it. Sponsor my ride and together we can kick cancer's butt!

    What we can achieve!
    Posted 23 days ago
  • 6.2 km ride - Church and shops - Sunday, 20 October 2019

    From Home to Home (via Burgmann School and Gungahlin Marketplace

    Logged this ride 24 days ago
  • Out and about
    16 Oct 2019

    A full day today! Only a 13 km ride, but combined with a trip to the Physio, coffee and then lunch with friends, a punishing Pilates session with Dave the “drill sergeant” and choir rehearsal to top out the day, I’m quite exhausted!

    But grateful to have the time and health to do this. Lunch was spent with the wife of the friend I am riding for, and she shared something of the toll that a punishing chemo process takes on both the patient and their loved ones, and how often those in their wider circle don’t see or understand this. You can’t until you’ve been through it. Chemo is terrible and we really need to find a better alternative.

    No map or pic today. Since I met my friends for coffee at the Library and my physio is en route there from the tram, it was basically my work commute. With one small difference. On my way back to the city, I braved the territory of the the Flynn Drive Terror. He wasn’t there! Seems it is now safe to go my non-magpie-season route to work, and tentatively call it a day on the nesting season. Yay!

    Posted 27 days ago
  • 13.0 km ride - Out and about - Wednesday, 16 October 2019

    From Home to Home (via city and Library)

    Logged this ride 27 days ago
  • Half-way there!
    14 Oct 2019

    So, finally getting time to do a blog post for my latest two rides. The first was another group ride, this time with National Library BAG Team mates Pete (https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/PeterCollins) and Nikki (https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/NicoletteSuttor). A nice leisurely Saturday morning ride around Lake Ginninderra followed by coffee and cake. 10km all up for that one. We all enjoyed the ride together and plan to keep on doing such rides after the challenge is over. Then on Sunday, the ride to church, just a quick dash of only 1.6km, though I stretched it out to 2.6km by forgetting something and having to go back home! Today a break from the bike, for a swim instead (to put a bit more strength in those riding legs), now that I have the all clear from the doc on my cough.

    These two rides together have brought me to the halfway mark of 50kms. Since I didn't ride most of last week, and I will be away for a whole week next week with no riding, I'm happy to be halfway there at this stage, with minimal impact on my "broken bits". Means I have a good chance of making the total without coming out too sore.

    Speaking of my "broken bits", this week I'd like to give a shout out to another member of my "support crew", Carrie from Mel's Massage (https://www.melsmassage.com.au/), who's keeping my neck, shoulders and hip going. Just like me, every kid with cancer has a whole team of people looking after all the different aspects of their medical care. And having seen my fair share of friends and family go through cancer, I KNOW what special people these carers are. So a big shout out to them too! And let's keep going with the fundraising to help them do their job better, and give cancer a good solid kick out of the stadium!

    Half-way there!
    Posted 30 days ago
  • 4.8 km ride - Church - Sunday, 13 October 2019

    From Palmerston to Burgmann Anglican School

    Logged this ride 31 days ago
  • 11.0 km ride - Lake Ginninderra Group Ride - Saturday, 12 October 2019

    From John Knight Memorial Park to John Knight Memorial Park

    Logged this ride 32 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 33 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 34 days ago
  • First Group Ride
    3 Oct 2019

    Joined my first Group Ride of the year today, with Trent, Richard, and my BAG team-mate Nikki. The whole ride was the full Lake Burley Griffin Circuit but I only did part of it, as you see from the Map. After cartilage injury in my wrist complained all the way on my commute to work this morning, not a peep out of it this afternoon until after I got home (sore now!). Instead, my carpal tunnel (same wrist) complained instead! But I'm proud of how I went, and enjoyed riding with new and not-so-new friends. Will be back to do this one again, but not for a couple of weeks. And I'm now taking a break from riding altogether for a few days while I go away for the weekend.

    First Group Ride
    Posted 41 days ago
  • 16.2 km ride - Group Ride 1 - Thursday, 3 October 2019

    From National Library to Palmerston

    Logged this ride 41 days ago
  • 5.5 km ride - Work commute in - Thursday, 3 October 2019

    From Palmerston to National Library

    Logged this ride 41 days ago
  • Day 1 - the journey has begun
    1 Oct 2019

    My first ride is done! This one was just my usual work commute but this year it looks a bit different because now instead of Bus and bike, it's Tram and bike. The change has two big advantages. One, there's two ride legs, so I get more kms up. Two, I don't have to lift my bike on and off an elevated rack on a bus. I just walk onto the tram with it, and hook the wheel to the loop in the bike bay. It's so much better!

    And thanks to the magic worked by my physio yesterday, it went better than expected with my wrist! I'm sure I'll mention them more than once during this challenge but I'm ever grateful to Rob and the team at Capital Clinic Physiotheraphy for not only keeping me in one piece for the ride, but for encouraging and egging me on along the way and helping to promote my ride. (Canberra peeps, if you need a physio, check them out at https://www.capitalclinicphysio.com.au/)

    Sometimes I despair at how much time I spend getting fixed up by physios, but at least they CAN fix me fairly easily, and I am not doing the "endless round" of medical professionals fighting cancer like so many little kids (and grown ups). Hoping that we can level another big kick at cancer in 2019!

    Day 1 - the journey has begun
    Posted 43 days ago
  • 13.5 km ride - Work commute - Tuesday, 1 October 2019

    From Palmerston to Palmerston

    Logged this ride 43 days ago
  • 1 week to go
    23 Sep 2019

    Well, donations have started to come in so I guess it's time for my first update! I am again humbled by people's generosity, especially as I haven't even started riding yet! I look forward to the challenge again this year, and I think it will be a challenge as I am plagued again by (the same) injury, and with recent sickness and a hip complaint, I have not been able to do any "warming up". Hoping for a chance to do a couple of warm up rides this weekend, but I think my pattern this year will be short rides, and often. Of course, my challenges are nothing compared those of the little kids and their families who face the daily round of tests, surgeries, chemos, as they battle cancer. So my challenge is worth it, if I can do something to make their lives a bit easier.

    I saw this image on FB recently, to remind me that I will have my usual battle with the black-and-white army, but this year, I'm a bit more clued up on what nesting areas to avoid.

    1 week to go
    Posted 51 days ago
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