National Kids Cancer Ride

NKCR day 10 and 11 – Water

Bruce Lee taught us to be like water: “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash.”

Lord knows, in the last few days we have seen enough water to last a long time, although fair warning, this is by no means the wettest NKCR ever. We have battled water and wind the last few days, and we have had to go with the flow, taking what the day brings us and adapting to make it our own. With seriousness, as we heard the story of Caleb who was diagosed with high-risk stage IV Neuroblastoma, a relatively rare and aggressive cancer that developed from the nerve cells in his adrenal gland, and metastatized to mulitple sites in his body, ultimately moving into his bone marrow and resulting in his receiving his angel wings at far too young an age. But also with a little fun, as we had an opportunity to do some shopping, and did a chair peloton at lunchtime during our shuttle between Marathon and Wawa. Although the weather had not entirely cleared up by the time we reached Wawa on day 10, we decided we needed to do a ride in Caleb’s honour, even if it was only a brief one.

We have been surrounded by, and shaped by water for the last few days, as we worked our way down the shores of Lake Superior, and today along the top of Lake Huron, finishing with a trip from Manitoulin island to Tobermory on the Chichimaun ferry. Today, Day 11, we battled rain and, at times, fierce crosswinds as we made our way down to the ferry. The weather was not as advertised, and we were not as prepared for water crashing from above as rain and below from road sparyt as we might have been. A welcome change, was a good news story in our morning dedication for Justin. Justin was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenious Leukemia prior to entering his first year of high school. A musician at heart, he turned to it for solace as he endured months of chemotherapy. Donations from the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and the NKCR helpted fund music therapy at the London Health Sciences Centre, andt allowed him an outlet through music as well as a sounding board in his therapist Karina to share his feelings and frustrations about his medical journey. After a bone marrow transplant in the fall of 2018, he was able to announce that he is offically cancer free!

As we ferried across Lake Huron this afternoon, the skies cleared, and we were able to enjoy the scenery and comraderie of our wheel family, riders and volunteers. The forecast for tomorrow is less than stellar, but we will adapt, taking the shape of whatever this ride throws at us, and continuing to do the good work of spreading the story and raising funds to fight childhood cancers.

Be water, my friends.