Mick & Ben

Victoria Ride 2019

Ben's Chain Reaction story ...

Unfortunately, Chain Reaction's purpose and its charity partners are sometimes a little too close to home. In the past month, we have had our own experience with Monash Children's Hospital and one of our major charity partners - Starlight.

My 10 y.o. - Ben - underwent brain surgery on 4 Feb (this year) and he has insisted I ride in my 4th Chain Reaction to help raise money and continue the incredible work Starlight does.

... so it looks like another 1,000 plus kilometres in 7 days for me. Help me support kids in need and help Ben give back to some people who helped him when he really needed it.

Message from Ben

Hi, I'm Ben and I'm helping Dad raise money for Chain Reaction. As you can see from the photos in the gallery at the bottom of the page (the one above was taken 1 week before my operation) I've recently had brain surgery at Monash Children's Hospital.

The Starlight room and Captain Starlights were amazing and I also saw a lot of kids who are worse off than me. I'd love to raise as much money as possible to help Starlight and those kids who need cheering up.

What happens at the Starlight Room?

A visit to the Starlight room is an escape from the seemingly neverending medical talk and procedures. No-one talks about medical stuff ... it's all about distractions and fun. It provides kids and their families a place to hang out and play games at the pace they can manage.

In this picture, only a few days post surgery, Ben managed to get himself up to the Starlight room with his nurse, Annie, to play Mario Cart and indoor basketball.

Thank you to my donors

Susan Paolucci

Wonderful to hear you are recovering well Ben ...Great work Mick , nearly done ....stay safe.

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Berrick Wilson

Mick and Ben - wow what a story! Unfortunately we can't control what challenges are thrown at us in life, but we can control how we react - as you guys are proving right now. The way the whole Calder family has coped with Ben's health scare is remarkable and an absolute inspiration. All the best for the recovery Ben (and the ride Mick...) I look forward to seeing you back to full health very soon.

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Anne Calder

Great work, I will be following X

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Stephen Longley

Great to see you up and about Ben. Good luck Mick.

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Bryan Webster

Wishing you a speedy recovery Ben - Starlight and MCH are amazing so really well done for getting Dad involved (and a big thumbs up to you too Mick). My thoughts are with you guys.

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Anonymous

Well done Ben. Great cause!

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John Russell

Good luck Mick and thanks for sharing the story Ben

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Andrew Cowlishaw

Hope you are back to your best soon Benny

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Myles Anceschi

Awesome cause - great job boys!

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David Fraser

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Paul Kirk

Well done Ben forgetting your Dad to do this!....A great cause! best, Paul & Julie

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Anonymous

Great idea Ben!

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Chris Martin

Best of luck for the recovery and the ride. Thinking of you both.

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Antony Munro

Good luck Mick and Ben

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David Mcevoy

Great story and great cause. Best of luck with your recovery Ben. Well done to you both.

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Chris Paxton

Strong legs Mick and well done Ben!

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Nick Codling

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Stephen Draper

Great effort Mick! Ben your a superstar mate! Take care guys. S

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Angus Macnab

Great work Mick and Ben.Great to see that Ben is on the mend. Good luck with the ride. May the wind always be at you back.

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Noah Bardas

Dear Ben! Best of luck & keep shredding! much love from the skate family!👊 Noz Bardas

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Peter Calder

Good luck!

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Gemma Bray

Such a strong young boy, definitely a Calder. Always thinking of the family.

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Bull Family

Very proud neighbours!! Go Benny and Mick. Inspiring stuff xx

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Tay And Kirsten Hedrick

Hey Ben, great to see your on the road to recovery. You are an inspiration to everyone young and old.

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Geoff Vietz

All the best in the recovery. Glad to see that smile. I look forward to catching you guys.

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Robyn Worthington

All the best for the ride Mick and for a speedy recovery Ben.

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Nick Paltoglou

Ben , the ride your dad is about to embark on nearly destroyed my hammies when I gave it a go over a decade a go . Now that they are better I look forward to running with you again soon . Great charity mick , enjoy the ride .

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The Stevensons

Ben you are a legend We love you so much and we want you to know what you are doing is amazing in this drive for Starlight. Well done mate 🙌 Good luck Mick 🙏🏼

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Chloe Lorback

Hey Ben, wishing you a speedy recovery! And wishing you a great ride Mick! (Sammy is loving Grade 5 at BGS and looking forward to the ex-BPS crew growing with your return!)

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Duncan Munro

Good to see you're keeping your Dad honest Ben. Here's hoping the muscle memory is in full effect Mick.

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Anonymous

Good luck and well done both of you.

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Daniel Bryant

Way to go!

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Anonymous

Awesome courage Ben - and a huge call out to Mick for stepping up in a short time with little prep to support your cause.

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Effeney Family

Hi Ben, Great to know how your doing. I hope the recovery keeps going well. I think you are raising money for a fantastic cause and I'm happy to help. - Maddie

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Sam And Naant Hume / Marshall

Great work Ben and Mick. Recover well Ben - Easter egg hunts aren't too far away

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Grannie And Hohn

Well done boys Proud of you both

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James Wagg

Great work Mick and Ben, recover quickly Ben you little legend!

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Crawford Family

Good on you boys! All our love to the Calders!

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Tim Wood

Seems like as good a way as any to keep your old man out of the surf for a week. Speedy recovery Ben.

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The Westies

An amazing cause and two amazing guys! Good luck and may the wind be behind you all the way. Great to hear you’re recovering well Ben. Lots of love Ollie, Kesha, Koen and Zak x

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The Georges

Thanks for your story Ben. All the Georges are barracking hard for both you and dad.

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Lara Wiggins

Amazing effort Ben and Mick! Wishing you all the best :)

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Andrew Ryan

Great work Calder's - pedal strong Mick

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Sebastian Hams

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Sue Flockart

Trooper Ben Calder. We think you incredible !

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Andrew Knight

Well done Ben and Mick! Ben - hope you have a quick recovery!

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Tiff Bartlett

Thanks for sharing your story Ben and for thinking of how to help all those who helped you. Your a legend! As is your wonderful parents who are just the best! I wish you a speedy recovery and I wish your dad a smooth ride. Love you all. Xx

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Sarah Ettershank

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Mitchell Anderson

Enjoy your ride Mick! And congrats Ben on being a model patient- brave, vulnerable and empathic. X

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Fergus Calder

Great job, Mick! I hope you're having a good ride and all the best to the family.

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Charlesworth Family

We can’t ride with you Mick, can’t walk with you Ben but we are thinking of all 4 of you and admire your courage to just keep on facing each challenge head on!

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Cohen Family

Well done Ben, keep setting goals and challenges for your Dad- he's a champ and can handle it! Hope to see you on the beach in Orange and Blue again soon. Love, Bron, Ian, Sarah and Jamieson Cohen.

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Sophie Dobbyn

Awesome effort Mick, Ben and the rest of the Chain Reaction team. What an amazing experience to share. Simply Inspirational.

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Reid Family

In Roscoes eyes you are a hero benny, great to have you on the comeback. Mick will get it done, training or no training.

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D’andrea Family

No better time than the present Mick! Sending our love to you all xo

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Guy Callaghan

Go Ben and the whole Calder clan. Sending as many positive vibes as we can. The Callaghans

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Marshall Family

Good luck on the ride. Look forward to catching up down the coast.

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Ian Heard

Good luck on the last day Mick! Great to meet Ben yesterday and seeing him fighting fit.

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Kate Gray

Hi Ben, I went to school with your mum many years ago. :) I just read about what you are going through and I think you are amazing! My 10 year old niece Sophie has gone through 7 open heart surgeries, 3 ear surgeries and a couple others... I know from first hand experience sleeping over with Sophie night after night, just how hard it is being in the hospital with the lights, beeps, never ending nurse visits. :) Also, so difficult for mum and dad! I hope you start to feel better! I think having a goal like this to raise money to help others is brilliant! Sending you lots of courage and strength from Singapore. Kate, David, Sarah (12) James (9) & Isabelle (7) xxxxx

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Thomas Family

Great cause, best of luck. We look forward to the daily updates!

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Sam Bishop

Good luck Mick, and all the best with the recovery Ben!

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Doggett Family

Legends - inspiring stuff.

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Angus Family

Have a great week of riding, Mick. And great to see Ben recovering - nearly ready for the half pipe...

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Nick Poole

Amazing effort Mick. Glad to see you out there amongst it Ben.

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Paul James

Well done guys!

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Turner Family

Proud to support you guys in this wonderful cause and so glad Ben is recovering!!

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Vanessa Rogan & Markos Batzias

Well done Mick & Ben!! Such a great cause. Ben we wish you a speedy recovery and Mick best wishes for the ride. Cheers, Vanessa and Markos xx

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Nicole, Zoe & Isabella

Glad to hear you are doing well Ben, good luck Mick. 👍🏻

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John Hunt

Looking forward to meeting you on the ride Mick! John (Marshall White team)

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Mitchell Family

Go for it Mick and Ben.

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Challis Family

So glad you are on the mend Benny C! Good luck Mick & have a great ride!

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Simon Traynor

pardon the pun Ben ... an absolute 'no brainer' to donate to Dad

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Noah Jacobson

Good luck on the ride Mick. Wishing Ben a speedy recovery!

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Amelia Greig

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Annabel Martin

All the best for the ride Mick and wishing Ben a speedy recovery!

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James O'connell

Amazing effort from you both. Speedy recovery Ben!

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Cornwell

Best wishes Ben and safe riding Mick

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Mark Leslie

Great stuff Mick & Ben!

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Laura Marchese

Ben, your are a strong little champ, and part of an amazing family. Good luck! X

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Alex

Thinking of your gorgeous family! Hope all goes back to normal soon xx

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Cam Mackie

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Felicity Donert

Ben, our family wish you a speedy recovery. Whilst we've not met, Issy and Ollie loved Nippers and hope to see you there soon. Go Fairhaven, go Ben and Mick!

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Madeline Haynes

Wishing you a speedy recovery Ben, and a safe ride Mick.

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Laura Marchese

Amazing boy and family! X

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Melissa Humann

good luck with the recovery and the ride

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Tash Scott

Good on you guys!

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Emy C

So flipping proud of you two!!!

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Kaiserfamily

Speedy recovery Ben. You’re a star. High five from your former Brighton Primary and Vampires friend Nic Kaiser !!!!

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