Suncorp champions support for cancer research event

September 19, 2022

Suncorp shared personal stories from its employees about the importance of the insurer’s Spirit to Cure cancer research initiative.

The three-day event saw Suncorp employees cycling over 350km across Queensland to raise funds for cancer research, support and prevention in conjunction with the charity Tour the Cure.

Suncorp business analyst Neil Mackenzie, who celebrated 15 years since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, says the event gives him a chance to give back to support research that has helped him survive his diagnosis.

“I was lucky to benefit from research into treatment, to then survive what I had.”

Mr Mackenzie had just returned to Australia, discovered his wife was pregnant and started working at Suncorp when he discovered a lump on the back of his neck before he was diagnosed on the same day as the birthday of his sister.

He says he became obsessed with beating the diagnosis and kept working through his treatment.

“Suncorp was really great; they took care of me all the time. I was able to cut my hours down to four days a week or part-time, depending on how I was doing,” Mr Mackenzie said.

“It’s great to now be able to give back personally and to have this opportunity through Suncorp. »

The insurer shared other similar stories to recognize the impact of cancer support events such as Spirit to Cure.

The program has raised over $1 million to date and more events are planned with a goal of $1.5 million.