Today we began the National Kids Cancer Ride in ernest after a couple of days of training and orientation, including a ride to BC Children’s Hospital where we met with a family undergoing treatment and learned about some of the new options for cancer treatments for kids.
We started at White Rock, BC with our dedication and a rear wheel dip in the Pacific ocean before heading out for 148km of riding. We have a great team on the road this year and I look forward to great rides to come.
And while we had a beautiful day on the road, we start off by learning #whyweride. Patrick Sullivan, one of our dedicated volunteers and board member for Coast to Coast, spoke to us about his son Finn, the boy who lived, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Rabdomyosarcoma) at 20 months of age, and passed away about 20 months later but not before receiving numerous treatments represented by the treatment beads in the image below.
Each of these small beads represents a treatement; chemotherapy, anesthetics, surgeries, blood work, etc over a 20 month period. This simple fact brings home the message to us that it’s not about the ride of the day or any day in the next 18, but it’s about the kids, and raising funds and awareness to fight these cancers. We’ve come a long way in the last few years, but there is still much worrk to be done. And you can help by donating at richmeesters.nationalkidscancerride,com to fund childhood cancer research.,
Tomorrow will be another day on the road for us, riding, meeting kids and families in their communities, and continuing the fight against this terrible disease. Thank you for your support!