CTCACF History: In 2004 I received an email from Jeff Rushton, the founder and passionate volunteer of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation inviting me to come an participate in Tour for Kids. This was the first year for the event, and truthfully had no idea what I was getting myself into. After hearing the personal stories of the children and their families afflicted by this terrible disease, I was hooked for life!! The physical suffering I endured that day, riding over 200 km was incredible, but it wasn’t CANCER! I have used that thought over and over again, to get me through a tough spot in a bike race, or on a difficult climb in the mountains of Europe. I am blessed to have my health, and to have a healthy and vibrant son. For that I will forever be grateful! I often tell people that the CTCACF family is like a something like a “cult”, because people that join can never truly leave! Since that first ride in 2004, I have participated in all but 1 Tour for Kids, and in 2008 I was chosen to participate in the inaugural Sears National Kids Cancer ride, riding from Vancouver to Halifax in 19 days. Back then we rode 24/7 and had 3 teams on the road. A lot has changed since then, and with this year marking the 10th Anniversary, I new I had to come back to do it all again!
So this September, for 18 days and with 35 other cyclists and an even bigger crew, I will be embarking on my next big cycling challenge: Riding across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, to raise awareness and to raise the essential funds needed for research and to support programs for these children and their families.
Some facts about children and cancer that might surprise you:
IMAGINE that with your generous support we can create a WORLD BEYOND CHILDHOOD CANCER! We can improve survival rates and the quality of life for all of the Canadian children who are living with and beyond cancer!!
Thank you in advance for your generous donation, for the many children and families serviced by the programs you will help fund. Together, and with your donations and support, we will improve the quality of life for children, and their families, living with and beyond cancer.
To make a donation, please click on my personal web page link below.
For more information about the foundation’s work, please visit www.BeyondKidsCancer.com.