Where has 3 weeks gone?? How did we end up in Halifax already when it feels like we just left for Vancouver just days ago?? What a journey we have had with so many memories made and new friends for a lifetime.
What an emotional day, we had the largest group ever riding for our final day on the bike together and the day we reach our final physical destination in this leg of our fight against Childhood Cancer. We dedicated our ride to ALL the children and families who fight for their lives daily. I had the honor of riding with all 3 teams today in our visit to Peggy’s Cove en route to IWK then our travels to Halifax.
With a rough start with me losing my derailer I was off the bike until we hit Peggy’s Cove where they came up with a solution to allow me to ride the final day with my new family, my husband and ride for all the families who fight with courage, hope, dignity and wisdom. We carried on through the drizzle and as a whole we moved through the towns and cities with locals cheering us on, we made it to IWK where our own Dr. Bruce Crooks shares his passion for helping each and every child fight so one day we can say “there is a cure for Cancer” We heard from a local family who has fought and beat this disease thanks to his knowledge and wisdom and with a generous thank you to all we finished a bite to eat and had some cake then headed on our way for the final 2.7km of our cycling journey.
With emotions running high we reached our final location with an amazing crowd of family and friends to mark an end to this leg of our journey but, certainly not the end to our fight. Tears rolled down and it started to sink in that I have really done it, I rode my bike from Pacific to Atlantic and learned more about myself then I ever thought possible.
We received our medal, we shared a celebratory glass of champagne and dipped our wheels to signify that we have done it, we have reached this years final location and in doing so we have also raised $1.1 million dollars in this years efforts for a total over the past 10 years reaching $50,000,000 !!!
I can’t thank my wonderful husband Damon and children Crystal, Josselyn and Austin for their understanding and support over the last year of training and getting me to be able to participate in this years event. To my new wheel family, thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself… I have learned that I am far stronger than I let myself believe and need to trust that I am capable of anything I put my mind to. To the Coast to Coast Foundation and the National Ride Volunteers ~ thank you for being there from the time we take off to the time we land at home for ensuring we have a hug when we need it, a shake when we are feeling weak and words of encouragement when we feel that maybe we aren’t strong enough.
I am forever grateful for this experience, and the new friends I have made. I cannot wait until the next opportunity to continue to make an impact and advocate for a cure for this disease and one day may all children ride because I CAN do more!!! Love you all ~ thank you for the memories!!!