Today we tranitioned from the flat of the prairies to the rolling hills and exposed granite of the Canadian Shield. It was good to be out of the saddle more, stretching our legs and climbing a bit. The roads were also smoother than yesterday, and while it was still cool and somewhat windy, our spirits were lifted and we were able to fly along our route. We have faith that our ride will continue, and we have our photographer Faith, who, amongst other things, scrambled up on the rocks today to continue to document our journey in photos. Her photos of our journey can be found here: https://nationalkidscancerride.com/ride/2019-national-ride-photos/, below are a few of mine from today:
We rode this day for Amara, who was diagnosed with a rare from of advanced osteosarcoma on Feb 1, 2019. The treatment regimen originally prescribed was decades old, which was heartbreaking, scary and frustrating for Amara and her family. The treatment team turned to the Terry Fox PROFYLE (PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE) for a solution. Through PROFYLE, an oral targeted chemotherapy treatment normally used on adults has been approved for Amara. If this shows results, she will be able to use it continuously for long term control of her disease. Without this, Amara and her family would have had to seek expensive treatments abroad for solutions.
It is faith we have in our journey, that what we do and the funds we raise has a positive affect on these kids. The Terry Fox foundation and PROFYLE are recipients of some of our funding, and it is this contiinuous effort that will make a difference in the lives of these kids. The money you donate can and does make a diffierence, and through this we are encouraged that we too are making a difference to get kids beyond childhood cancer. You’ve gotta have faith.
Tomorrow we set off from Atikokan to Thunder Bay. It is an important day on the NKCR, as we end at the Terry Fox memorial. More on that in the next blog. Thank you for reading and keep donating at richmeesters.nationalkidscancerride.com.