I am excited and honored to be a part of the 2017 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride – this will be my third full journey across the country and I am grateful for the opportunity to have the adventure of a lifetime, again!
This year, I’m riding for my wheel family – the riders, volunteers, parents and kids who I’ve met because of Coast to Coast events over the last few years who have been impacted by childhood cancer.
Just to name a few: I’m riding for Ulana, Ken, Colleen, Leah and Megan, Chris and Lisette, Dean, Taylor, and Linnea; Karla; Len and Frances, Fiona and Scott, Lynn, Stuart, Hannah, Lorraine, Jason, Erin, Mike, Aaron, Antonia, and Nate; Bob, Andrew and Rina, Pam and Zoey, Adam, Jennifer, Scott, and Isaac; Brandon; Sharon; Warren; Remi and Dawn; Gord; Patrick, Elizabeth and Chloe; Joel and Jesse, and Dan, Anne, and Rebecca.
Why make this journey for a third time? While I’m beyond proud to know these people (people who are nothing short of inspirational) – this list is simply too long (and I’m sure I’ve missed a few names). People like you (yes you) and me need to do what we can to change this story – in whatever way we can. I choose to ride my bike and raise money; you might choose to participate in or support this event or other events like it, or make a donation. It all makes a difference. Kids shouldn’t get cancer – and as long as they do, I’ll be committed to riding for my wheel family, and for the all of the other families who are impacted by children’s cancer.
Children’s cancer programs are chronically underfunded in Canada, and now that I have children in my life – it’s a cause that really hits home. The 100% donation model not only makes me feel good about supporting these events as a participant and volunteer, but also about asking (well, telling) everyone I know (and a whole lot of people I don’t know) to support this organization.
Cancer is a horrible disease no matter who you are or how old you are, but it’s almost unimaginable that a child should ever have to face it. The longest ride you can imagine, the hardest day in the saddle that you can imagine – it really is nothing compared to what some of these children endure. Every kid deserves a chance to grow up – help us make a difference by making a donation, and you can change the story for these children and their families.
At any given time, cancer holds 10,000 Canadian children in its grip. It robs them, and their families, of the laughter and joy that should be part of every childhood. Riding in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride will channel my physical, mental and emotional energy into something much greater – helping brave children return to life as regular kids again.
I’ll share the road with a team of cyclists, united in our commitment to the childhood cancer community. Your support is welcome and needed. Please join me in this powerful and inspiring experience by helping to fund important childhood cancer charities across Canada.
The causes of childhood cancers are, in most cases, unknown. The types of cancers that occur in children vary greatly from those seen in adults. They tend to occur in different parts of the body, and they respond differently to treatment. Leukemias, brain and other nervous system tumours, lymphomas (lymph node cancers), bone cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, and adrenal gland cancers are the most common cancers of children.
In the early 1950s, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured. Today, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors and the majority of them are considered cured. However, 60% of survivors have long lasting impacts due to the impact of treatments or their cancer.
The National Kids Cancer Ride will fund research and other programs that improve the lives of children living with cancer. For more information of the Foundation’s work, please visit www.CoastToCoastAgainstCancer.org.