Jason Dickinson has more reason than many to be raising funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
The Narrabri police detective is taking part in the annual Great Cycle Challenge, and has personal experience of the necessity to find cures for cancer.
His nephew Casper Ellis, 12, passed away from the disease in June last year.
Casper was a highly-promising soccer player, already being courted by his hometown Central Coast Mariners A-League side.
“He passed away three months after being diagnosed with cancer,
Mr Dickinson said.
“He had the world at his feet but it took him way too early.
“But I’m not doing this just to raise funds because of that, but so no-one has to go through the same things we went through.”
The idea to take part in the challenge was further enhanced when he was in a support vehicle for a ride to Mount Kaputar in honour of Scott Munting, a Narrabri resident who passed away from leukemia last year.
“I used to do a bit of riding and that inspired me to get back into it,” Mr Dickinson said.