Riding for brave kids like Taylah

408kms from Perth in the Mid-West region of Western Australia is Cape Burney. It’s here that the Jones family call home.

In 2019, Taylah at only 8 years old, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. The condition requires constant check-ups and treatment.

Taylah’s medical journey is not over – her diagnosis means she is required to be in Perth for check-ups. Since Taylah’s diagnosis, Ronald McDonald House WA has provided the Jones’ family with supported accommodation for 23 nights across 9 different stays.

Staying at the House has kept close together while they’re in Perth for Taylah’s treatment.

By participating in Ride For Sick Kids you are caring for the small children fighting big battles.

Riding for brave kids like Taylah

Taylah is a sponsored student on the Ronald McDonald Learning Program (RMLP). The RMLP provides specialist education and support so seriously ill children can continue to learn and thrive.

The Program provides each individual child with a tutor and 40 hours of tutoring (in person or online). The RMLP has supported Taylah’s education journey since August 2019.

Taylah's dad Stephen was a participant in the 2020 ride which took place in Western Australia’s South West region. Whilst he had been cycling for 3 years, he had never rode 400kms over 4 days.

“Renee actually told me about the ride, and told me to take part. I did the ride to give back, Ronald McDonald House is not really a pace you can ‘take from, and so if you can give back, I think you should,” says Stephen.

A special part of the event for Stephen was meeting the sponsor of Taylah’s place on the RMLP, Nick Agostino.

“It was great to meet Nick on the ride and spend some time with him. Nick currently sponsors Taylah, which has helped her try to catch up on all the school she has missed over the last two years,” says Stephen.

Taylah and her sister Zoe riding bikes.

Taylah recovering during one of her visits to the House