Laird back on her bike
ALWAYS the optimist, Sue Laird is looking forward to getting back on her bike, 12 weeks after breaking both her hands in a bicycle accident.
She was halfway through a three-day fundraising event, cycling in the Middy-Smiddy challenge in May, when “all of a sudden, the cyclist ahead of me crashed onto the bitumen leaving me nowhere to go except straight over the top of them,” Ms Laird said.
“It was not until someone checked my hands that I was made aware of the excruciating pain.”
Ms Laird was first introduced to the Smiling for Smiddy fundraising event — a bicycle ride from Brisbane to Townsville in honour of Adam Smiddy, a 26-year-old Brisbane physiotherapist, who passed away to an aggressive cancer in August 2006 — when her late husband James was fighting his own battle with cancer.
James was a keen cyclist before his illness so when a friend suggested organising a training run from Brisbane to Gympie for Smiling for Smiddy cyclists in 2007, James and Sue naturally supported it and the 160 kilometre preparation ride has been an annual event ever since.
“(This cause) was very relevant and applicable for us, so we’ve been supporting Smiling for Smiddy endeavours since then,” Ms Laird said. “After James passed away (in July 2009) I had time to get back on a bike and then the opportunity came up to raise money for cancer research by riding the Middy Smiddy — a shorter course from Brisbane to Toowoomba and back.
“To go on the ride I had to raise at least $1000. I am certainly grateful to friends, family and the local community for helping raise $17,000.”
A portion of the money raised by Ms Laird has been donated to Little Haven Palliative Care upon her request.
“I feel passionate about giving back to Little Haven because of what they have given to me and James and many other members of the community,” she said.