HARLEY THRILLS: Ocean road cruise off the list

Geelong-based motorcyclist Jamie Dyson took Apollo Bay woman June Dunlop on a motorbike ride from Lorne to Apollo Bay to help her knock an item off her bucket list. June has terminal cancer and started ticking off challenges on a bucket list at the start of this year.

Geelong-based motorcyclist Jamie Dyson took Apollo Bay woman June Dunlop on a motorbike ride from Lorne to Apollo Bay to help her knock an item off her bucket list. June has terminal cancer and started ticking off challenges on a bucket list at the start of this year.

AN APOLLO BAY woman has knocked another item off her bucket list thanks to the “kindness” of a Harley-riding “stranger”.

Cancer patient June Dunlop set out to complete her bucket list after learning she had terminal cancer last year.

The Colac Herald reported when June recorded John Lennon’s famous song Imagine with her sister Martha Macintyre and Lorne Macintyre, when she converted to Buddhism, and when she got a tattoo in January.

June had also hoped to go on a Harley ride along the Great Ocean Road which she achieved on April 24 after Geelong man Jamie Dyson offered to take her on the trip.

Jamie is a three-time survivor of cancer and said he learnt about June’s mission from her tattooist.

He said he received his first diagnosis 21 years ago and the 55-year-old said doctors didn’t expect him to make it past 50.

Jamie has since used his motorcycle to raise money for the Andrew Love Centre.

The motorbike enthusiast said he appreciated having the opportunity to help June achieve one more of her goals.

“I’m a three-time cancer survivor this is something that’s a little bit close to my heart,” Jamie said.

“So I just said ‘yep, that’s no problem’ if she wants to go for a ride that’s cool,” he said.

June said the ride from Lorne to Apollo Bay was “fantastic” and she enjoyed listening to bands the Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival while watching the scenery.

“It felt great, it was a beautiful day, it was a gift,” she said.

“I had never met Jamie before, for someone to give up their own time to do this for a complete stranger is just an incredible act of human kindness.

“He gave me his vest to wear with the Andrew Love Cancer Fundraiser badge, we have both been patients of the Andrew Love Centre in Geelong.”

June said she and Jamie also bonded over their tattoos which represented their fights with cancer.

She said she wanted to thank the community palliative care team that was caring for her including Ali Weedon and Kevin Gorman and that she was taking every day as it came.

June said she had a special connection with Jamie because he understood her fight.

“We are the lucky ones because we understand the beauty of each day,” she said.

“Healthwise, I have good days and bad days.

“It’s important to focus on the good times and cherish your family and friends.”

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