2017 National Rider Blogs

Follow our National Riders and Volunteers as they embark on this incredible 18 day journey across Canada on behalf of childhood cancer. Follow their stories and see how it impacts their lives:


NKCR Day 19 of 18

NKCR Day 19 of 18 September 24 – the day after Halifax (Dartmouth) NS Before I tell you about Day 19 and my final thoughts about the National Kids Cancer Ride, I would like to take a moment to thank EVERY single person who supported me and believed in me...
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NKCR Day 18 of 18

NKCR Day 18 – Sept. 23 Lower Sackville to Point Pleasant Park This morning, April (Manger, Team #2) woke us up with some lively maritime music – it was 5:45a and a little cool in the bunk trucks. Thankfully, I slept really well and was excited to start the day…...
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NKCR Day 17 of 18

NKCR Day 17 – Sept. 22 New Glasgow, NS to Lower Sackville, NS Before I tell you about Day 17, I would like to take you back to Day 4. On that post I told you about Cassy, who’s family completed ALL of her bucket list items with her before...
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NKCR Day 16 of 18

NKCR Day 16 – Sept. 21 Moncton, NB to Charlottetown, PEI Today we had a leisurely start to the day… wake up call at 6:00a so we could enjoy breakfast prepared by the Sears staff, but we didn’t have to be on the road until 8:30a as our first stop...
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NKCR Day 15 of 18

NKCR Day 15 – Sept. 20 Edmunston to Woodstock & Moncton Longest day yet… 180km, 1,200m of climbing and approx. 7 hours in the saddle. We arrived in Edmunston late last night and were fortunate enough to be able to use the facilities in the Sears call centre before bed...
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NKCR Day 14 of 18

NKCR Day 14 – Sept. 19 Montreal to St. Augustin-de-Desmaures (Louis Garneau head office) We arrived in Montreal late last night and set up our parking lot camp at Sears. It was a short night for the riders, but all seemed to be good to go this morning. Our day...
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NKCR Day 13 of 18

NKCR Day 13 – Sept. 18 Newcastle to Belleville This morning we woke up in Bowmanville to the smells of our volunteer team making breakfast in the parking lot for us once again. They are such a great group!! We definitely could not do this ride without them and as...
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NKCR Day 12 of 18

NKCR Day 12 – Sept. 17 Barrie to Sick Kids in Toronto Last night we arrived in Barrie and were met by a handful of Sears employees that kept the building open for us to clean up before bed. They also had some late night snacks for us – truly...
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Day 18- The end of the ride

The end of the ride (for now)! How can you possibly sum up 18 full days of cycling across Canada to save the children in our world from cancer? There is just too much to say. I have lived with the most incredible group of people for the last 3...
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Day 16- Moncton to Charlottetown

Day 16- Moncton to Charlottetown This morning we had the pleasure of visiting Moncton’s Riverview High School. I had the most distinct pleasure of meeting Becca Schofield too- Best day ever!!!! She has inspired me beyond belief this last year & I am so so proud of her. For any...
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Talk about emotions! It’s already the second last day! Where did 3 weeks disappear??? It seems like yesterday that we finished our first group ride to stretch our legs in Vancouver and now it’s almost over. Today we started with 3 special dedications. We heard from a group of local...
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They don’t prepare you for this bit. Actually you’re not prepared for any bit of this, but the days after are something else. I’m watching over the last 2 days, and my family, whom I’m supposed to be with, is disintegrating and dispersing to the corners of Canada, and their...
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Safely in Halifax

Two days ago, we arrived in Halifax. The end of the cycling but not the end of the journey. I’m still processing all that’s happened over this last month, and indeed this past year. Previous SNKCR riders told me that doing this would be life-changing. I’m waiting to see if...
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Where has 3 weeks gone??  How did we end up in Halifax already when it feels like we just left for Vancouver just days ago??  What a journey we have had with so many memories made and new friends for a lifetime. What an emotional day, we had the largest...
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Day 18 and wrap up

It’s done then. 18 days, 9 provinces, 2 oceans, 5 time zones, 1 entire continent. A continent. Again. Having finished this 3 times now, you’d think this would be easier.  You would be wrong. The riding is still hard.  Even though my fitness is still very good, I’m getting older....
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