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Four brothers, affectionately known as the Beech Boys, set off from the Gold Coast on 29 October, cycling a massive 2,200km over two weeks to Adelaide.

The boys battled through falls and floods and did it all in honour of their mum, Tammy-Lee Beech who passed away from lung cancer in 2016.

In 2019, Kylan Beech came up with the idea of cycling 220kms from Adelaide to his family’s hometown of Barmera to raise funds and awareness for cancer in honour of his mum. Soon, his three older brothers Jono, Jordan and Nick signed up to cycle alongside him in what was an incredibly special event.

The inaugural ride exceeded their expectations—raising a massive $30,000, which was $20,000 more than their initial goal of $10,000.

Given the success of the ride, the boys made plans to ride again, this time choosing to take on an even bigger ride totalling 2,200kms.

It was rough, long and the boys faced gruelling conditions, including floods and heavy rain. But, determined to make it to Cancer Council SA’s home in Adelaide on Saturday 12 November—what would have been their mum’s 60th birthday—the boys pushed and pedalled through, crossing the finish line in time to celebrate at the gala dinner.

“It was pretty surreal and a lot of fun. It seemed to be challenge after challenge on this bike ride with everything, but we are definitely stronger from it,” Kylan says.

The gala dinner saw the announcement of the ride’s fundraising total in front of the 260 guests.

“Proud would be an understatement of these boys. Kylan, the youngest of the brothers & main organiser of this incredible fundraiser, proudly announced at their gala dinner that they’d raised an incredible $55,000 for early detection of cancer. What a privilege to be involved in their incredible journey,” says Emma McKee, Project Manager – Community Fundraising.

To find out more about the ride and 220 For Tammy, click here. Or, if you’ve been inspired by the Beech Boys, you can register to hold your own fundraiser with Cancer Council’s Do It For Cancer—just click here.