Each day, there are many experiences that will remind you why you’re doing this, and how it will benefit children and their families. You cannot help but be inspired. When your heart is open to the journey, the mind and body will follow.
It was hard to believe that I’d be able to ride my bike these distances for 18 days in a row. But seeing the kids and families along the way gave me new motivation every day. This is easy compared to what these children go through.
I learned about teamwork on the National Ride. We never ride alone; we always ride as a group, helping each other every kilometer. And we’re supported by very dedicated volunteers. I know that I could not have done it without the incredible teamwork and support of the entire group.
Before the National Kids Cancer Ride, I had never ridden more than 100 km in a single day or raised more than $3,000. Thanks to the training and support, I was able to successfully complete the ride and raise $59,000 for the cause. I’ve never felt a greater sense of accomplishment in my entire life.
As a parent whose daughter is a childhood cancer survivor, I know what these children and families are going through. I don’t need to look very far for the motivation to take on this challenge. I’m committed to making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer.
When I was five, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Today, I’m healthy and live a normal life. For several years, I was on hand as the national riders rode into Calgary. Their commitment inspired me to do the National Ride three times. Every year, 1500 families in Canada hear the words ‘Your child has cancer’. I am doing my part to stop this. What about you?