Lavington's Holy Spirit School principal Matt Kean has the firm belief that prevention is better than a cure when it comes to melanoma.
That's why in October the cancer fighter will be riding over 1000 kilometres in eight days for the Riverina Melanoma Ride.
Starting in Albury, Mr Kean and his team will pass through Wagga, Leeton, West Wyalong, Lake Cargelligo, Griffith, Jerilderie and Yarrawonga in an effort to raise awareness and funds, with the proceeds donated going towards the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Mr Kean will hold presentations for schools and community groups before the ride to highlight the facts surrounding skin cancer prevention, having battled melanoma himself.
"I did the Melanoma March in 2019 and this was a way of doing something different," he said.
"At the end of the day my thought process is that prevention is better than a cure.
"I need technology and research to have a prolonged life, but kids don't if they look after themselves. If we can talk to kids about prevention, then job done."
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Mr Kean was diagnosed with stage three melanoma back in 2016, with it then spreading to the nodes in his groin.
In 2017 it appeared again in the nodes in his hip.
"I was given options of immunotherapy, radiation and chemo or to have the nodes removed," he said.
"Immunotherapy at that time was just a trial, which is the option I chose.
"I had an injection every three weeks and that's worked, I've had clear scans since."
He still continues to have scans every three to four months.
"It's one of those things my kids are conscious of," he said.
"It's a family journey, whether I like it or not."
The Riverina Melanoma Ride has already attracted support from some big names, with fellow melanoma fighter and Richmond premiership player Jack Riewoldt sending in a message of support.
Mr Kean is now in training for the grueling ride, which will see him pedal 145km on the longest day.
"We're not trying to break any speed records," he said.
"It's just about raising awareness."
The October ride aims to be a timely reminder as residents prepare to enjoy the summer sun.
Holy Spirit School has already adapted their sun smart policy, with hats now additionally worn in terms two and three when the UV rating is over three.
To become a sponsor or to donate you can head to the Riverina Melanoma Ride 2021 website or Facebook page.