I will admit I wasn’t a hugger before I got involved with the National Ride. True story: In 2017, my little brother messaged my wife after we were in Moncton asking if I was Ok because I actually hugged him, “I mean really hugged me”. Hugging rapidly becomes a thing on the NKCR. There are plenty of types of hugs. We hug people when we meet them for the first time. There are joyous hugs for friends and wheel family that we haven’t seen in some time, only to miss them again shortly after. And there are hugs of support. For parents who have lost children, for friends in need and for riders and crew that just need a little emotional support.
Today we had more than enough reason to hug as we left Lunenburg and headed to Lower Sackville. Fiona told the powerful story of Simon, taken from us way to early due to ALL with associate Hypodiplody. I encourage you to read Simon’s story. There was another opportunity to hug, to provide support to a former RCMP officer as we visited the Swisair 111 memorial along our route. He stated that it was the hardest asignment in his life dealing with the death of 229 souls that day in September 1998.
Tomorrow will be our final day of the 2019 National Kids Cancer Ride. I am sure again there will be hugs. There will be excited hugs and relieved hugs as we complete our journey. I personally will be there to give and receive as many as possible.