Inspirational around-the-world cyclist visits Burnet

Burnet Institute

07 May, 2014

Dr Meredith O'Keeffe shows Chris Gruar around Burnet's laboratories.

Chris Gruar, a young Australian who has cycled across the world raising money for the Association of International Cancer Research (AICR) has shared his inspiring story with Burnet scientists.

In Melbourne, Mr Gruar met Head of Burnet’s Dendritic Cell Lab, Dr Meredith O’Keeffe who received more than £220,000 from AICR for her work on bone marrow dendritic cells.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to meet Chris and speak to him about the work AICR has helped fund,” Dr O’Keeffe said.

“We also had the chance to hear all about Chris’ adventure which has seen him raise nearly $30,000 for cancer research.”

Mr Gruar left Leeds in the north east of England in March 2012 on a world cycling expedition, covering more than 40,000 kilometres, in memory of his mother who died of cancer when he was two years old.

“I chose to raise money for AICR as a charity which funds ground breaking cancer research throughout the world,” he said.

“You only live once, so I set out to see what one man on a bicycle could accomplish. I am now excited to return home to Australia and spread the word about the crucial projects funded by AICR.”

From Melbourne, Mr Gruar begins his final leg of the tour through Canberra to Sydney, and is hoping to cross the ‘finish line’ on 2 June at Sydney University where he completed his studies.

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