Gladstone man's brave cancer battle brings bikes to streets
TEENAGER Brent Holland is used to patting his dog Skid and taking his car for a drive, but since February he hasn't been able to do either.
The Gladstone 19-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia on February 25 and has spent every day since in Brisbane.
He's the reason more than 100 people will take to the Gladstone roads this weekend on their motorbikes for Daly's Charity Bike Ride.
Brent recently finished his second round of chemotherapy and in June he's due for a bone marrow transplant.The former Gladstone State High School student said he wasn't used to spending days cooped up inside.
But the Leukaemia Foundation and having his family around has made it easier.
"When I first got flown down I was (in hospital) for five weeks," Brent said. "It's not nice not being able to do anything. I can't go and pat my dog, drive my car and go to the beach."
But he does bear a smile on the difficult days, and that's because of the news he can return to Gladstone for a week.
He hopes to meet the organisers and participants of the bike ride.
Daly's Gym owner Mick Daley said he heard of Brent's condition at work, the Gladstone Ports Corporation.
"At work they've been coming around saying this young lad, an electrician, has leukaemia and can't come back to work 'til next year," Mr Daley said.
"They were asking people if they could donate to him, that's when I decided we should do the ride for him."
This year Barney Point Butchers and Clinton Bakery have donated meat and bread rolls for a barbecue after the event.
Meet at Daley's Gym at 9am if you would like to take part in the ride.
They're expected to return at 4pm, when they will have a fundraising barbecue, drinks and charity boxing.