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Toddler in his heart

Little Sophie Gwynne was a completely normal little 18-month-old on July 23, 2006. The day before she had a cold. The next day she died of two heart conditions no one could have foreseen. In a few weeks’ time her dad Mark will ride 330km to Cooktown in Sophie’s...

Dan’s got heart

WHEN Dan Elsden went to Brisbane for a cardiac procedure 15 years ago, he bought his family’s Christmas presents early “just in case”. Then aged 32 and a father of two little girls, the unknown quantity about his relatively simple procedure and having to travel away...

Lyngcoln family saddle up

MOTIVATED by the loss of their mother, the Lyngcoln brothers are not afraid of hard work. In fact, the trio formed the Annie’s Army Cardiac Challenge team last year, six months after the loss of their mother Annie. Team spokesman Nick Lyngcoln said the team raised...

CHILDREN throughout Far North Queensland and beyond will benefit from the hard work of hundreds of cyclists. The annual Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge fundraising bike ride from Cairns to Cooktown, has this year identified a paediatric cardiac ultrasound as one of the...

Pedal power gets a boost

ONE of the region’s most established charity bike rides is going electric. The Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge has introduced a special pack just for e-bike riders this year, with a pair of accomplished riders being named pack leaders. The event, hosted by the Far North...

Patients seen quicker

HEART patients needing an echocardiogram in FNQ, will now be seen quicker, thanks to hundreds of cyclists. A new echocardiogram machine was bought from funds raised during the 2018 Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge. Cairns Hospital consultant cardiologist Dr Willis Lam...

Piccone signs up

IF John Piccone can step outside his comfort zone and ride a bike to Cooktown, anyone can. The well-known retailer will join his brother Peter who manages drink and snack stops along the way on the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge in September. The Piccone family also...

Work starts on cath lab

CONSTRUCTION of the second Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at Cairns Hospital has started. The $2.8M facility, jointly funded by the State Government and money raised by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, will allow an extra 577 cardiac patients to be seen each...

Harry is a leader among men

HARRY Felstead might only be 15, but he is being described as a “leader among men” by going way out of his comfort zone and riding 330km to Cooktown. The St Andrews Catholic College student is inspired to ride in this year’s Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge by one of his...

Cyclists share heartfelt passion

Twenty-three years separate them, but the similarities between avid long-distance cyclists Pete McNally and Jeremy Scott, are astounding. Mr McNally instigated the Cardiac Challenge in 2007 because of his experiences seeking and receiving treatment locally for his...

Annie’s Army Update

We boxed. We cycled to Cooktown.  We trekked the Kokoda Trail.  We drank and ate great food at Piccolo Cucina. We created a movement.  We honoured Annie Lyngcoln legacy. In 2018 the Annie’s Army team raised $14,825 for the Cardiac Challenge Only because you all...