After almost two years of planning, fundraising and training, the 2019 edition of the National Kids Cancer Ride is officially underway, and I couldn’t be more excited! As many of you are aware, I had planned to participate in this epic cycling event last year, but the ride was cancelled at the last minute for various reasons, leaving me very disappointed and wondering if I would get another chance to ride my bike across the country, raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.
I arrived in Vancouver yesterday and was greeted at the airport by our son Carson, who is living in Lillooet and working for Instream Fisheries Research as a Project Biologist. It was great to spend the day with Carson and get caught up. (By chance, he is heading back to Toronto for a wedding in a couple of weeks and I will see him again at the Sick Children’s Hospital as our moving caravan passes through Toronto.)
Today I will be meeting up with my National Rider teammates and the 20+ support volunteers that are critical to making this event a success. I am overwhelmed at the logistics and organization required to put this event on and I commend the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation staff and volunteer crew for their hard work and long hours to make this happen! We are here for a couple of days of orientation, team building, a training ride and a visit to the B.C. Children’s Hospital before we depart on our cross-country adventure early Wednesday morning…can’t wait!