Meet Ethan Lauro

Ethan and Cass Lauro smiling at the camera

Hi! I’m Ethan Lauro, I’m 18 years old, turning 19 in July.

When I was 3, I was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, which is a brain tumor for children. I received surgery to remove the tumor and chemotherapy for 10 months to kill any other cancerous cells.

During this time, my family and I stayed in one of the units at Ronald McDonald House in Perth and we lived there with other families whilst I was receiving treatment.

Ethan having treatment for cancer with a nasal gastric tube, smiling at the camera with a female smilling to camera

Fast forward to today, I’m taking a gap year working as a lifeguard at the local pool during the week and volunteering on the weekends as a beach lifesaver for Busselton Surf Club. I love keeping up my fitness by swimming, running, and cycling.

My goal for this year is to participate in the RMHC WA Ride For Sick Kids. I completed my first-ever half ironman last year, so I am excited for my next challenge.

“At the end of the day, it’s all for a good cause, you’re riding to raise money for sick kids and their families so that they can have a home when they need it most.”

Ethan and John smiling to camera in 2013 at his first Ride for Sick Kids event
Young Ethan with his bike, smiling to camera at the event
Young Ethan riding across the finish line at the Ride for Sick Kids

I got involved with the ride when I was little. I hosted my 8th birthday party at the Busselton McDonald’s restaurant and, instead of presents that year, I asked for donations to help support Ronald McDonald House. Together with my friends we raised $642.00 dollars!

That’s where I met John, he owns my local McDonald’s. He told me all about the ride and how him and his friends do it each year to raise money for RMHC WA.

In 2013, I was invited to see the riders embark on the ride and was so excited because I was made the unofficial ambassador for the ride. From that day on, every year I’ve gone to a location on the route to support them for all the amazing work they’ve done.

I have been involved with the ride every year since 2013, that’s ten years now and am so excited to be named the OFFICIAL ambassador of this year’s 2023 Ride For Sick Kids!

Boy smiling sitting with a dog on the grass

To prepare for this year’s ride I have been cross-training and my ironman training has really helped my fitness and endurance.

If you were thinking of participating in the Ride For Sick Kids but a little unsure, I would say give it a crack, because with some training and motivation - you would be ready to do it. At the end of the day, it’s all for a good cause, you’re riding to raise money for sick kids and their families, like mine, so that they can have a home away from home when they need it most.

Register and support the ride today.