Stillbirth tragedy inspires couple
NINE months of waiting and watching a life grow inside are memorable for most parents.
However, for Gold Coast couple, Nik and Nicole Biskaps, they are the only moments they have to remember their baby boy Lukas, who would be one on October 31.
Twelve months ago, after an uncomplicated pregnancy, Mrs Biskaps went into labour at 41 weeks but during labour, Lukas' heart stopped beating.
“We found out (Lukas had died) the Friday night and then I gave birth the following day,” Mrs Biskaps said.
“The day he was born we felt a bit hopeless and couldn't do anything and so we decided to put our efforts into a positive thing to try and help others,” Mr Biskaps said.
Yesterday the couple along with friends Ross McSevney and Melissa Hambly rested in Warwick after cycling 655km. They left their new home of Singleton on Friday last week, heading for the Gold Coast, on a fundraiser for the Stillbirth Foundation.
Mr Biskaps was joined by his best friend Mr McSevney on wheels with their partners keeping close behind in a vehicle on their “Ride for Lukas”.
“The Stillbirth Foundation is all about awareness to get it out there and inform the public and to stop it from happening to anyone else,” Mr Biskaps said.
Stillbirths are one of Australia's most common causes of death, with the 2007 Bureau of Statistics showing 2177 babies were stillborn.
The goal was to fundraise $5000 for the foundation, however, they have exceeded all expectations and have raised about $19,000.
They will arrive at Nerang on Friday at 4pm – close to where their son is buried – and will be greeted by family and friends, just a couple of days shy of what would have been Lukas' first birthday.
For more information or to donate to the cause, visit www.rideforlukas.webs.com