National Kids Cancer Ride

Day 4 – Home is where the heart is

Best day yet, so much food, and really felt the love of our homecoming. Today we ride for Cassandra, Cassy. An 13 year old girl full of life and ready to take on the world, until she was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. What I loved most was hearing about her bucket list, the things she wanted to do before she received her angel wings. A belly button ring, a tattoo, to drive a car, go to high school for a day, and visit the Province her dad was from. And how awesome of her family to make almost all of her bucket list come true. Today was just amazing, I think because Cassy, the shining star, was with us. All of the riders received paper star to put in our pockets. Today we rode for Cassy.

Every stop today was so incredibly fantastic, with family and friends, and the small towns we were in, coming out to support us with great food and hospitality. We stopped in Barnwell for a quick snack where we had some friends join us. They had made some awesome signs to cheer us in to the town.

Then we headed up in the hot sun and wind to Grassy Lake where they had made us a great home-cooked lunch. It was there that we met another family from the Taber area that are going through treatments with their son Kason. They came and had lunch with us and wanted to thank us for what we are doing.

Our final stop before Medicine Hat was at Premium Sausage in Seven Persons. It was here that Debbie and Mark Penner had held a free lunch consisting of delicious sausage on a bun. It was then that they also presented us with a cheque for $2000 plus the proceeds from the BBQ. Not only that but the school in this small community had held a bake sale and had $310 as well! Such generosity from a small town.

As we rode in toward Seven Persons we saw 3 Hawks flying together, this is significant to us, as it was mentioned in our opening dedication in Vancouver that we would see three Hawks fly together on our journey.

We arrived in our hometown Medicine Hat, escorted into the city by the Medicine Hat Police Departement with none other than my good friend Gerald. We were greeted by more friends and family and another incredible meal at one of our favourite hang outs, Rossco’s Pub.

Now off to Swift Current for a rest overnight and riding into Moose Jaw tomorrow.

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