The 2020 Ride was dedicated to Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in May 2016. Aaron’s immediate family includes his young wife Kirsten, parents Craig and Anna, and siblings Jarrod and Leah. Such is the strength of the Wilson family’s support for Aaron that all these people attended Aaron’s first Support Group meeting with him in April 2017.

In keeping with his trademark altruistic nature, Aaron started to volunteer his time and workplace skills to assist melanomaWA from May 2017, working on marketing proposals and strategies, websites and more.

Aaron loved the West Coast Eagles – whilst suffering severe treatment side effects, he managed to attend the 2018 Premiership in Melbourne and saw his team win. He was chuffed to spot other members of the melanomaWA family in the crowd. September 2018 also saw Ollie the Cavoodle join the family, and later Aaron became godfather to his niece Addison.

Aaron took on the position of Operations Manager at melanomaWA in May 2019 when he was clear of melanoma, but later that month Aaron learned his melanoma had returned. He worked on through his symptoms and made a significant contribution to melanomaWA, not least in the prep and staging of the Mission for melanomaWA 2019. He was great to have around at this fun event. Extensive travel was also a hallmark of Aaron’s life, and his passion for fitness helped counter his passion for the burgers at RoyAls!

Aaron passed away in November 2019. He was just 38 years old. As a valued member of the melanomaWA family we honour his contribution to our organisation and to our lives by dedicating the 2020 ride to his memory.