Lightsview Ride Like Crazy 10 years 2009 - 2018
Since 2009 Lightsview Ride Like Crazy has attracted over 12,000 riders and donated over $1.6 million to charity.
Ride Like Crazy will leave a lasting legacy and be remembered for the pathway it has created for brain cancer research, prevention and treatment in South Australia.
In September 2008, 43-year-old Senior Sergeant Mick ‘Crazy’ Koerner was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Given a prognosis of only two weeks, he showed great strength to witness around 600 cyclists take to the Adelaide Hills on 22 January 2009 in a fundraising event named in his honour. Due to the overwhelming success of the first event, SAPOL adopted the ride as a community event in 2010 with the aim of raising valuable funds to fight cancer. Sadly, Senior Sergeant Koerner lost his battle on 14 November 2009, however his memory has lived on through this extremely popular ride.
Ride Like Crazy and NRF Partnership 2010 – 2018
Funding has supported:
Professor Stuart Pitson (2016 – 2018) Uni SA Lethal adult brain tumours, glioblastoma, and the most common childhood brain tumour, medulloblastoma.
Heidi Neubauer (2016-2017)
Uni SA (Now working Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cancer Research, Vienna) Identifying and targeting the molecular basis of glioblastoma tumour growth and chemoresistance.
Kimberley Mander PhD Candidate (2013-2016)
Uni Adelaide Determining the mechanism of cancer cell entry in the development of secondary brain tumours.
Stefan Court-Kowalski (2014-2017)
Uni Adelaide Brain cancer treatment through the blockade of tumour water channels.
Kate Lewis (2011 – 2013)
Uni Adelaide (Now working AMINO, San Francisco) Investigating how the cancer enters the brain and looking at stopping the brain barrier opening and allowing the tumour to travel into the brain.
Elizabeth Harford-Wright (2010 – 2012)
Uni Adelaide (Now working INSERM, Paris) The first in the world to show that the lethal complication of brain swelling is associated with increased substance P in leaky blood vessels around brain tumours.