I’m honoured to be a part of this great fabulous event again to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children living with and beyond cancer. I’m committed to this journey and ride so that no parent has to hear the most dreaded words “your child has cancer”. I can ride, so it is my turn to pay it forward.
I’ve been very fortunate over the years to be healthy, to have to two wonderful and healthy children, and very lucky that neither me nor my family have been touched by childhood cancer. That is not to say that my family hasn’t been touched by cancer as an adult. Cancer is a terrible disease for anybody to face and, as a parent, I cannot begin to truly comprehend what a child with cancer and their family have to endure; the tests, the treatments, the side effects, the confusion and uncertainty of what the future holds. Cancer takes this away from these children and families when they are supposed to be enjoying their childhood like the rest of us got being a kid.
In 2007 a very good friend, Rob Kerr, introduced me to his cycling club, EZ Riders, and to Tour for Kids Ontario 2008. I was a never a regular cyclist, so in 2007 I bought a hybrid to ride with the club and then in the 2008 I bought my road bike.
After experiencing the first Tour for Kids I was hooked and needed to help these children and families. It was a life changing moment for me to experience the 4 day biking journey with cancer survivors, people still going through their journey, and hearing the parents talk about their children’s journey was just so overwhelming and heart wrenching.
I still remember on the last morning; a parent told us the story of her children and how not one, but both of them were lost to cancer. I still get goose bumps and tears to this day. At that moment I knew this is a fundraiser that I would be doing for a very long time.
I have dedicated my efforts to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation due to the incredible 100% donation rule that all money raised goes to children living with cancer, the incredible co-founders who are passionate about the cause and all of the volunteers and participates who are so inspiring.
This September I ride again along with many other riders who will share a special commitment to change the lives of children and their families living with cancer. Together we will participate in the 2017 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. I have dedicated this year to intense training and a commitment to fundraise ($15,000) to ride to the challenge of an 18 day biking journey across Canada. From September 6-23, 2017 we will ride from Vancouver, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia, experiencing the country in a way few will ever experience. We will brave all kinds of conditions, be grateful for the success of each day as we ride and embrace the goal of our final destination-beyond cancer!
I will undertake this challenge in memory of all the fallen angels who battled their life to this dreaded disease. I ask that you consider donating towards this worthy cause, so together we can find a cure to childhood cancer and no parent hear the dreadful words “your child has cancer”.
Thank-you for your: donations, help, support and encouragement from the bottom of my heart.
Let the journey begin!