Hi, I’m Rochelle Davidson from beautiful Vancouver, BC. A wife, mom to two rambunctious rescued dogs, obsessed cyclist, not-so-bendy yogi, adventure traveler and passionate people development practitioner, I am at my best when investing my time in what really matters. This is why I am so excited and honoured to be part of this very important ride.
Cycling across Canada has always been a goal of mine and I was actually signed up to do just that when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. My goal got pushed aside as I went through treatment and then it became one of many things on my bucket list. Getting to ride across Canada with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride is so meaningful because I get to combine two of my passions – seeing the world en velo and raising money to create a future where no one loses a family member to cancer.
I was healthy, fit and training for my first half Ironman triathlon when I got the news “you’ve got cancer.” Cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t care how healthy you are, how happy you are, how old you are. And cancer takes children. My husband knows this too well. Jeff lost his brother before he even got to know him. Gregory Wayne Davidson passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 4 years, 10 months and 28 days. Jeff was a year old at the time. He never got to experience having a big brother. My in-laws Yvonne and Ralph never got to experience life with their first son. Now, 50 years later, the childhood survival rate for NHL is over 90% and it’s all because of the research that goes to figuring it out. Sadly, over 10,000 kids in Canada are dealing with cancer at any given time.
I do believe we are on the tipping point of breaking it wide open and creating cures so that cancer ends up like the mumps that are plaguing the Canucks – a nuisance but not life threatening. This year, in addition to riding my 10th Ride2Survive (www.ride2survive.ca), I’m also taking on the huge challenge of riding across Canada to raise money for kids’ cancers. 100% of your donation goes to research and programs, including at BC Children’s Hospital. Thank you for your support.