Keith Trevett

Keith Trevett
Riding for Lorelai
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 427.8 km My goal is 680 km
My Rankings
  • National: 169th
  • State: 54th in NSW
  • My Team: 37th
I've raised $3,514.83 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Lorelai

 Lorelai

At two years old Lorelai was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) - a rare cancer. It affected her bones, lesions to her left arm, T10 vertebrae, sacrum and her left hip/femur. She was sent to Westmead to undergo surgery – it was confirmed 11 weeks after she first stopped walking. What followed was 6 months of chemotherapy and steroid treatment. She had her hip-spica removed and learnt how to walk all over again. Her parents Ben & Olivia welcomed Lorelai’s little brother Henry into the world in June 2019. After 14 General Anaesthetics, multiple bone biopsies, an open biopsy, MRI's, a nuclear scan, Pet Scans, a blood transfusion, portacath insertion and multiple blood tests, x-rays and ultrasounds - on the 29th November 2019 Lorelai rang the bell in the Oncology Ward in Westmead. She was completely clear and no need for chemotherapy! She is fully recovered, back at daycare and playing with her little brother. Our Super Hero! https://nowheremansjourney.wordpress.com/

My Story

18 Aug 2020

This October, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer! I am riding from Gunnedah to Wagga Wagga, 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.

Right now, cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia – over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it - so this is my bit to help their fight and ask you, likewise, to help them by sponsoring my ride. I watched when little Lorelei was diagnosed with cancer and the family and how they had to struggle and come to terms with a very uncertain future. But I will save all those details for the tribute to be added soon.

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

Thanks for your support.

My Challenge

  • 63.2 km ride - Day seven. On the home run - Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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  • 67.2 km ride - Day six. Hard day at the office! - Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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  • 81.4 km ride - Day five. 98km run! - Monday, October 19, 2020
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  • 44.2 km ride - Day four. No hills eith light showers, but strong headwinds - Sunday, October 18, 2020
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  • 31.6 km ride - Day three. Easy day before the storms - Saturday, October 17, 2020
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  • 47.7 km ride - Day two - Friday, October 16, 2020
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  • 40.4 km ride - Day one - Thursday, October 15, 2020
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  • 52.2 km ride - Bonnies return - Thursday, October 1, 2020
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  • Lorelai's story
    17 Sep 2020

    Thought it perfect time to post Lorelai's story - her fight with Cancer.

    At just two years old Lorelai was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). LCH is a rare cancer (affects approx. 1 in every 200,000 people) and is predominately only seen in children aged 1-3.

    Lorelai was a normal little girl until she developed a limp, within three days Lorelai had reverted back to crawling on her 2nd birthday the 17th of February 2019. Six weeks later and after several visits to the local GP and two hospitals with multiple X-rays, blood tests and ultrasounds of her left hip we were sent to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital. Because of Lorelai’s age over the next seven days Lorelai underwent six General Anaesthetic’s as every MRI and Bone Biopsy she needed to be asleep. At this time, the doctors had a strong inclination that Lorelai had LCH and it was affecting her bones with lesions to her left arm, T10 vertebrae, sacrum and her left hip/femur. Although for a 100% diagnosis a positive test from a bone biopsy was needed. This was difficult to obtain because her affected bones were very fragile. Her left femur was so fragile she was placed in a hip-spica for eight weeks until her bones recovered some strength. We were sent to Westmead Children’s Hospital for Lorelai to undergo yet another surgery to have an open biopsy of her left femur and this is when we received a confirmed diagnosis of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis on the 2nd of May 2019, 11 weeks after she first stopped walking.

    What followed was 6 months of chemotherapy and steroid treatment. With weekly chemotherapy and doses of steroids 3 times a day for the first 3 months, with chemotherapy every 3 weeks and block doses of steroids for the final 3 months. During this period Lorelai had her hip-spica removed and she learnt how to walk all over again with the help of hydrotherapy and physiotherapy multiple times a week. We also welcomed our son and Lorelai’s little brother Henry into the world in June 2019.

    On the 29th November 2019 Lorelai rang the bell in the Oncology Ward in Westmead. Her Pet Scan had come back completely clear and there was no need to continue any further chemotherapy!

    Throughout this whole process Lorelai was nothing short of inspiring. She always had a smile on her face (well most of the time, there were some tears) and just rolled with the punches. Lorelai has had approximately 14 General Anaesthetics, multiple bone biopsies, an open biopsy, MRI’s, a nuclear scan, Pet Scans, a blood transfusion, portacath insertion and multiple blood tests, x-rays and ultrasounds.

    Now she is fully recovered. She is now back at daycare and playing with her little brother. She still has Pet Scans in Westmead every few months at this stage but will be stretched out yearly until she is 18years old. She is so full of energy and just a normal little girl again. There is a chance it will come back but after I have seen what she can do I know she will get through it if she does, she’s our Super Hero!

    Lorelai's story
    Posted 36 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 39 days ago
  • $2,000 IN DONATIONS AND COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS
    11 Sep 2020

    Another goal reached today. This time the fund broke the $2,000 mark with two donations – one each from Andrew Bainbridge and Beau Macey Tiling. Now we have a new goal – $2500 It seems the sky is the limit and we still have 33 days to go before my ride and 19 before I start my kilometre count for the month of October. Leading up to the ride I will try to ride about 30km each day before departing on the 14th. If I do manage that then my total for the month will equal 1,100km. Maybe I will not reach this goal but we will see.

    Today we also not only broke the $2,000 mark but both my riding Jersey and Tablet arrived with Auspost, making for a Friday Trifecta. Slowly the ride is coming together both in respect to my goals and necessities for the journey. Now that I have my tablet, which I need, to both keep you all up to date on my progress and, more importantly, to edit my photos so I can post these along with my daily posts. This tablet is produced by Amazon and is rated No.6 among the 10 best tablets available on the market for photo editing. Pretty amazing, considering it is $1800 cheaper than the most expensive, and $300 under the next highest. Am always up for a bargain – me! So long as it is good value. Apart from the fact that Amazon has its own apps and Google apps are not available – for me – not an issue anyway.

    Tablet and Jersey

    My Jersey is supplied to all riders who reach $500 in donations – it also arrived today. There is another Jersey given to all riders who reach $2500 so am hoping to reach this total sometime before the ride starts. It is called The Hero Jersey which means if I get the jersey I will have 2 to use on my ride. The second one is basically red and yellow so I will stand out more to the trucks and cars on the Highway on my long 10 – 12 day ride.

    Riding Jersey with Super Hero’s Cape

    Next step is my truck being ready for the drive up to the start from Gunnedah. It is presently in the mechanic’s awaiting a small part to complete the fitting of a new drive belt and it will be ready for the long climb up the escarpment to Walcha and beyond. I am so looking forward to this drive – I think, plenty of opportunities for some photos as well as experiencing, for me, some new countryside. Wayne and Bruce Pursell (the owners of the El Motor Inn) will arrange a free night in a motel in Gunnedah before I set off – what a nice way to begin – a bit of comfort!! I will leave my truck there till I can return and pick it up a few weeks later.

    My Truck – ol’ reliable

    After this I have to purchase a few more things for the ride and check all my needs for the ride to make sure I am not only comfortable when camping but can deal with any emergency repairs should I need to en route but also some basic cooking equipment and portable solar panels for mt tablet, phone and camera batteries.

    Till the next post

    Keith

    $2,000 IN DONATIONS AND COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS
    Posted 42 days ago
  • Preparations
    3 Sep 2020

    Since the initial flurry of creating and starting the fund raising I have been busy with a few things such as sourcing all the things I need but do not have for my ride, working on my pre ride physical fitness system, looking at a new diet in regards to building muscle and stamina, ensuring my bike is up to the ride etc etc. My start date is still 43 days away but still a lot to do in that time.

    I have installed a ride tracker app on my phone now, just to map my rides and spit out all the stats needed so I can compare times and speeds etc to see how my ‘preparation rides’ are all going. I will use it to map my daily progress on the tour itself, then post it to my blog. I bought a new camera - one I have had my eye on for over a year now. The bonus being it has dropped in price, with a later model being released. My front panniers need repairs after mice, rats or perhaps some hungry marsupial, on a previous long ride, chewed through the bag to get to the tasty food stored inside. Maybe just some really strong tape is all I need - we will see!! On the ride I will be taking my camera, a tablet and my phone so will need equipment to recharge them each day so I can write and crop photos etc, etc for my daily posts. Aldi had some large volume power banks at half price each (love a bargain) which, individually, will charge my laptop as well as charge my phone 6 times. A folding solar panel is next to purchase to top up at least one power bank while I cycle each day.

    I think I will be spending quite a few days camping wild as it is a long way between towns up there so they will be very handy seeing as there is no access to power. Tent and sleeping equipment is all ready. I normally take a large tent even though it weighs my bike down because I normally stop in places for days at a time so I can put my bike in the tent for extra security wen away from my campsite. It is also much more comfortable. This trip however will not involve stop overs except perhaps in Dubbo so I have a very small one man tent that I can hide away in the scrub so people do not see me from the road. The camping is what I look forward to the most or rather what comes to mind when I think of the trip. That, and slow riding while taking in the views and culture of inland NSW. I tend not to taking cooking gear with me and rely on fruit, nosebag food bread etc to see me through and when in towns I might buy something in a restaurant. Coffee though is a must so I have a small gas burner and a one cup, percolator for morning wake me ups!

    Tools and spare inner tubes are a must as well. Yet to buy but I have all tolls needed for on the move repairs – hopefully not needed but necessary all the same. Very important not to neglect one item I may need. As if I do it is always the missing tool that is needed. TRS Cycle Centre on Munster street will do my final check on the bike to make sure all is up to scratch. I had then refurbish my bike for the ride a little while back. It is an old bike and perhaps better value spending more and upgrading but this bike I have had for so long now and it feels perfect for me. They did such a good job and to be honest it would have cost me more than double the price to get a new touring bike and then on top of that would have to outlay even more on new racks and some other bits and pieces. I believe I made the right choice and if you could feel how beautifully my bike feels, I reckon you’d agree!! TRS really give great service and as bike mechanics they are among the best. What I did like was that they only once suggested a new bike and then respected my choice for restoring my old bike instead. This was the reason I finally chose them after every other bike shop looked at me as if an idiot and kept hassling about something new. I felt they thought it an easier to sell me a new bike rather than rebuild mine.

    Preparations
    Posted 50 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 62 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 63 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 63 days ago
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