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Sydney, Australia

Riding with Aidan 2021

$11,355.00 Funds Raised
139 Donations
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Raised:
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Goal: $15,000.00
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Story

Seven years ago, Gillian and I lost a huge part of ourselves and our family when our little boy, Aidan, died three weeks after his third birthday.

Aidan’s death was a complete surprise because Aidan was a healthy and vibrant little boy but he had contracted the flu which degraded into pneumonia. Aidan ended up in hospital and despite everyone thinking he was improving he collapsed unexpectedly. I was in the hospital at the time and it was the most helpless I have ever felt.

The immediate period after Aidan’s death was by far the hardest thing I have ever experienced. It felt like the whole world had stopped and what hurt the most was that initially, I could not feel a thing. Everything was just empty and I was numb to all emotions.

Gillian and I struggled at first but we knew we had to get back up again. We had to do it for each other and most importantly, we had to do it for our six year old son, Samuel.

At the time, Gillian and I didn’t really know how to deal with or accept our new reality but we received support from so many people and some great organisations. A lot of the credit for our recovery really must go to those that helped us and my family is forever grateful for the support we received.

One group and community that really helped us immensely was the Sydney2CAMberra riding group. Ever since Aidan’s death I have ridden from Sydney to CAMberra to do something positive for my son Aidan. It also gives us the ability to try to raise funds for these organisations so they can continue to support others that have been affected by the loss of a child.

Because of COVID restrictions, this year will be a little different. Instead of riding to CAMberra as a group, all the riders will be riding the 300km around their local area over the next week. Now although I won’t have the opportunity to support and be supported by the other riders, I will still be able to ride and be able hold Aidan close to me in my heart as I ride.

As I do ride a few kilometres next week, I’d really appreciate your support by contributing to my fundraising and helping me make a difference to lives of families who have lost a child.

Finally, if this story isn’t enough to motivate you to donate, then maybe you’d like to have a bit of fun, because I will commit to riding 10 kms on Aidan’s tiny bike for every $1,000 I raise of my $5,000 target. So if you want to watch me make a fool of myself and probably generate a bit of business for my local healthcare providers, then please donate.

Name Donate Amount Date Message
Anonymous $30.33 13/11/2021 12:03 pm -
Don Therriault $50.55 01/11/2021 8:05 pm -
Poblete Angela $25.28 30/10/2021 7:21 am -
Anand Ganatra $50.55 30/10/2021 1:15 am -
Therese Konwerski $50.55 29/10/2021 10:40 am -
Jhoa McGinty $75.83 28/10/2021 8:20 pm -
Brad Cummings $50.55 28/10/2021 6:35 am -
helen fotiou $202.20 28/10/2021 5:20 am Good luck Lucas, you're a great role model!
Belinda Davidson $25.28 26/10/2021 10:23 pm -
Rick Beethe $50.55 26/10/2021 12:52 pm Lucas, What a touching story. It makes me appreciate my kids that much more! Rick
Lily Newton $50.55 26/10/2021 6:17 am Well done Lucas
Michael Lambrellis $50.55 26/10/2021 4:17 am -
Anonymous $505.50 26/10/2021 2:28 am -
Clarissa Clarissa $50.55 26/10/2021 1:45 am Cranneys all say a big congrats to Lucas and the team. Well done!!! Amazing effort!
Neil Mel $50.55 25/10/2021 8:40 pm Go Lucas!!! Peddle harder 🤣 xx
Carolyn Wragg $50.55 25/10/2021 7:40 am -
Anonymous $101.10 25/10/2021 4:50 am -
Janet Luo $50.55 25/10/2021 2:27 am Cannot imagine how you went through all these and stood up again to support others. Hats off to you and your family!
Linda Morris $50.55 24/10/2021 11:05 pm Brilliant effort Lucas!
Anonymous $55.00 24/10/2021 11:02 pm Good luck with ride.
John Albani $202.20 24/10/2021 10:43 pm -
Danish Khan $101.10 24/10/2021 10:40 pm Go Lucas!
Nicole Morgan $50.55 24/10/2021 10:09 pm -
Nicole Macfarlane $50.55 24/10/2021 9:14 pm -
Raj Khaira $202.20 24/10/2021 2:39 pm Great stuff Lucas :)
Anonymous $50.55 24/10/2021 11:54 am -
Zissis Jason Varsamidis $303.30 24/10/2021 11:49 am Incredible effort on fundraising for a great course.
Kuresh Surury $101.10 24/10/2021 9:21 am Amazing stuff Lucas and fitting tribute to Aidan. Well done
Christopher Sozou $505.50 24/10/2021 8:51 am Great effort Lucas for a great cause
Clare Forshaw $50.55 24/10/2021 8:43 am -
Christine Ferron $30.33 24/10/2021 8:40 am Inspiring as always! Well done team Mara.
Joanne Rech $20.22 24/10/2021 7:28 am Amazing stuff, Lucas!!!
Mitch Owens $202.20 24/10/2021 4:52 am -
Sarah Mross $20.22 24/10/2021 4:17 am Inspiring as always. Go team Mara.
Nicole Westwood $50.55 24/10/2021 3:29 am -
Lucas Mara $101.10 24/10/2021 3:28 am Stacey, Evan & Charlotte & Sophie
Lucas Mara $101.10 24/10/2021 3:25 am Deb and Gregg donation
Corinne Rapp $30.33 24/10/2021 3:15 am A wonderful cause in honour of very special angels…amazing effort on that tiny bike! x
Locky Jade and Ashley Welch $25.28 24/10/2021 3:06 am Thanks for the ride today!
Darren Bender $50.55 24/10/2021 3:01 am Thanks for the ride this morning Lucas. We had a great time. Tiny bike takes a lot of commitment.
Kaliopy Kadlec $101.10 24/10/2021 2:00 am Great effort and cause!! Aidan will always be remembered xx
Anonymous $50.55 24/10/2021 1:28 am Loads of love xx Lauxies.
Michael Wilson $50.55 24/10/2021 1:11 am I really hope you can walk tomorrow. 😘
jacqui hair $50.55 23/10/2021 11:24 pm -
Sarah Douglass $10.11 23/10/2021 10:59 pm Good luck with the ride! - from the Douglass family
Boswarva Michelle $25.28 23/10/2021 10:53 pm -
Radojevic Simon and Lauren $50.55 23/10/2021 10:15 pm Great effort, well done 👍🏻
Rugless Grant $252.75 23/10/2021 9:58 pm With you every step of the way All our love, the Ruggo’s
Hanh Kiely $50.55 23/10/2021 9:37 pm Well done Lucas!
Belinda Kelly $101.10 23/10/2021 8:24 pm Such a beautiful and fun way to honour Aidan ❤️
Nerida Bennett $101.10 23/10/2021 2:05 pm -
Darren Moglia $50.55 23/10/2021 10:47 am Good luck tomorrow Lucas for your special ride with Aidan. We look forward to dropping past and cheering you on!
Rebecca Jewell $75.83 23/10/2021 10:15 am Love from the Ruggo's
Helen Briddon $50.55 23/10/2021 9:53 am -
Vanda Vanda $65.00 23/10/2021 5:29 am -
Belinda Belinda $101.10 22/10/2021 11:15 pm Good luck on Aidan’s bike Lucas! I remember meeting Gill and Aidan when Sam and Cam started school. Aidan was always on his bike! Thats my best memory of him xxx
Allan Cilla $50.55 22/10/2021 10:27 pm You’ve got this! Ride well. Chris, Cilla, Liam & Seb
Bethany OLIVER $50.55 22/10/2021 10:13 pm Goodluck on your ride!! From the Oliver's
Roger Quinones $101.10 22/10/2021 9:37 pm -
Barnsley Louisa $50.55 22/10/2021 9:21 pm We hope you can ride down to Canberra next year Lucas! Proud to see that nothing can get in your way to honour Aiden. Xoxox
Oxnard Jenni $50.55 22/10/2021 8:45 pm -
Dan Welch $50.55 22/10/2021 7:32 pm -
Attilio Orelli $25.28 22/10/2021 1:51 pm -
David Yabroudy $25.28 22/10/2021 1:51 pm That's a tiny bike. My knees hurt just looking at it.
David Noble $40.44 22/10/2021 1:48 pm Good luck Lucas! I look forward to seeing videos of you on the tiny bike!!
Eric Johnson $25.28 22/10/2021 1:48 pm -
Michael Hogan $25.28 22/10/2021 1:47 pm -
Cord Cantrelle $50.55 22/10/2021 1:47 pm -
Steve Morgan $101.10 22/10/2021 8:31 am Good luck with the mini-bike challenge and overall. Would love to do the ride to 'Camberra' in person with you one day when visiting family in Oz. Cheers Steve
Zissis Jason Varsamidis $101.10 22/10/2021 4:48 am Well done Lucas, we're looking forward to seeing you ride Aiden's bike! Zee, Rach, Audrey, Soph & Connor
kerrie Maguire $20.22 21/10/2021 10:57 pm Your story is inspiring, rise like the wind!
wendy hughes $101.10 21/10/2021 10:24 pm Enjoy the breeze riding on the wings of an angel x
Jeremy Prendergast $101.10 21/10/2021 10:00 pm -
Kylie Conte $50.55 21/10/2021 9:18 pm Congratulations on doing the ride this year Lucas and creating some fun around such an important charity. You are all always in our hearts. Much Love the Conte’s
Rohde Nicole $10.11 21/10/2021 2:37 pm Go Lucas
Thomas Randall $101.10 21/10/2021 8:11 am Awesome mate 👏🏿
Anthony Kirkham $50.55 21/10/2021 7:47 am You are a star, Lucas. Take photos :-)
Chrissie Macdonald $50.55 21/10/2021 7:17 am I'm not sure who will come out in one piece after 30km on Sunday, you or Aidan's bike... But the Maccas are behind the Mara's and love that you keep Aidan's memory so alive. Good luck
Peter Cridland $25.28 21/10/2021 7:00 am What a fun way to honour your sun and raise money for a worthy cause. Good luck Lucas!
Mark Cumming $224.44 21/10/2021 6:59 am My heart goes out to you mate. And I really appreciate the open and candid way you have tackled this…those with similar stories would definitely benefit from hearing how you are dealing with something that is unimaginably hard to deal with
Montana Raggett $101.10 21/10/2021 6:00 am -
Matthew Hurford $505.50 20/10/2021 11:56 pm Inspiring as always Lucas
Nicole Lindsay $50.55 20/10/2021 9:40 pm -
Cathie Sharman $25.28 20/10/2021 9:32 pm -
Hillary Dostal $50.55 20/10/2021 8:58 pm -
Lindsey Clark $134.46 20/10/2021 8:51 pm Donation from PegaCares
Maureen McShane $101.10 20/10/2021 8:44 pm Best wishes for a safe ride Lucas - Maureen
Dom Ming $50.55 20/10/2021 4:43 pm Hey Lucas We are thinking of you guys. You are doing an awesome job turning such a sad time in your life to such a positive one. You are showing us all how to make the best of all of what life brings your way. You guys should be proud of all you have done in tribute to Aiden and all the families you help with your care and generosity. All the best Dom & Jen
Nicole Plummer $25.28 20/10/2021 12:44 pm -
KATE BEARD $50.55 20/10/2021 11:32 am Thank you for raising funds to support families who go through the worst days/weeks/years of their lives. Good luck with your ride and I hope your boy is looking down laughing at you ride his bike ❤️
Shabana Ali $25.28 20/10/2021 7:55 am -
Chris Payne $50.55 20/10/2021 7:50 am -
Hannah West $25.28 20/10/2021 7:14 am -
Anthony Mcdowell $50.55 19/10/2021 11:39 pm Enjoy the week , will support you when I can
Cathy Nelson $50.55 18/10/2021 2:15 am Your story breaks my heart every single time. This is such an amazing cause. Thinking of your family and your angel above.
Mark Bernhardi $101.10 18/10/2021 1:40 am -
Vince DICHIARA $50.55 18/10/2021 1:30 am Well done Lucas and all the best with the ride
Triona Quinlan $101.10 18/10/2021 12:21 am So inspiring Lucas. Thinking of you and Aiden
Bryan Hoedemaeckers $101.10 18/10/2021 12:09 am Would LOVE to see this.
Connor Forsyth $30.33 17/10/2021 11:19 pm Ride well Lucas!
Brett Madsen $505.50 17/10/2021 11:11 pm No chance to tip the hat for prizes - my prize is i want to come and ride alongside while you are on the little bike. :)
Paul Hawkins $50.55 17/10/2021 10:00 pm -
Paul Rupil $50.55 16/10/2021 11:41 pm Looking forward to lots of videos with stunts and joy
Teneille McGuire $101.10 16/10/2021 3:44 am What a great idea to celebrate and remember your beautiful boy. X
Andreas Boesch $50.55 16/10/2021 2:43 am Good luck, Lucas!
Glen Shaw $50.55 15/10/2021 11:32 pm Good Luck Lucas. You got this!
Mark Cole $50.55 15/10/2021 11:21 pm Remembering Aidan today and always . Ride like the wind Lucas Love Mark Aly Max Sammy Mitch & Foley x
Mick Slattery $101.10 15/10/2021 10:28 pm Hi mate, great idea. I havent ridden in around 10 years but I'll do a few laps of Loftus in honour. Cheers Slatz
John Ladavac $50.55 15/10/2021 8:58 pm -
Lucas Mara $101.10 14/10/2021 7:42 am Bennetts donation
Jeff Tao $101.10 14/07/2021 6:11 am It takes a lot of courage to turn sorrow into something positive for the world. All the best with the bike ride.
Joe Cesca $25.28 14/07/2021 4:18 am What a great cause
Adela Macarie $101.10 09/07/2021 4:06 am Hi Lucas, really touched by your resilience. Good luck with the event and bringing people together on such a humble cause. Adela
Cheryll Olmos $25.28 08/07/2021 5:41 am Wishing you and your family all the best Lucas!
Anonymous $25.28 06/07/2021 12:10 am God Bless you, Aidan. We love you.
Kaushik kumar Chakraborty $25.28 05/07/2021 6:35 pm Doesn't matter whether a life was short or long....it must give strength and inspire
Mark Cole $50.55 05/07/2021 5:09 am Lots of love Mark Aly Max Sammy Mitch & Foley
Anthony Timney $50.55 05/07/2021 4:43 am Thanks for sharing Lucas, great cause and good luck with with ride, Tony
Oleg Feldman $50.55 05/07/2021 4:20 am Good luck on your ride!
Darcy Ceapa $101.10 05/07/2021 1:24 am -
Anonymous $50.55 03/07/2021 10:39 pm Al the best, Anthony
Tanya Southworth $20.22 03/07/2021 9:39 pm All the best with the fundraising
Chantelle Ralevska $20.22 03/07/2021 12:51 pm -
Leah Wallace $50.55 03/07/2021 12:30 pm -
Georgina Dalton $50.55 03/07/2021 3:54 am All the best for your ride in loving memory of your sweet boy Aiden!
Alison Chu $50.55 03/07/2021 3:39 am Good luck with the ride 😊
Neil MacKellar $50.55 03/07/2021 3:07 am Safe riding Lucas and fantastic way to celebrate the time you had together.
PADMA SIVA KUMAR Pattipati $50.00 03/07/2021 3:05 am Best wishes Lucas.
Peter Lucas $25.28 03/07/2021 12:34 am Enjoy the ride brother! Pete L
Ben Crothers $101.10 03/07/2021 12:12 am Will be thinking of you and your family as you ride to Canberra - hope all goes well on the day!
Carmen Barnett $101.10 02/07/2021 11:10 pm Thinking of you and your beautiful family... especially your cherished Aidan. Best wishes for the ride.
Ben Nicholls $50.55 02/07/2021 10:26 pm Ride well Lucas!
Brent Fuller $50.55 02/07/2021 10:19 pm -
Sonya rashid $101.10 02/07/2021 1:07 pm Good luck Lucas!
Lucas Mara $505.50 02/07/2021 11:45 am Happy Birthday Little Aidan Love from Mum, Dad, Samuel & Patty
Anonymous $101.10 02/07/2021 11:05 am Legends!
Chrissie Macdonald $50.00 02/07/2021 10:59 am Happy birthday Aidan 🎉
Melanie Lincoln $101.10 02/07/2021 10:55 am Happy 10th birthday to Aidan! Good luck with the ride Lucas!
Darren Moglia $50.55 02/07/2021 10:26 am We're thinking of you all and beautiful little Aidan today on his 10th birthday. Aidan has let a big legacy and touched all of our lives.

Comments

  1. Sally Anne & Andrew .Stein

    We are happy to give to a wonderful cause !! All the best on the little bike 🏍.

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