In March 2010 I participated in the Toronto Bike Show’s 24 Hour Spin, raising money for kids with cancer. I’ve participated in various fundraising events over the years but for some reason this event, on this day, completely resonated with me. This event truly opened my eyes to the lives of children and their families living with cancer.
Throughout the 2 hours I rode in this event thoughts were bouncing around my head:
- I’m not a doctor, or a rocket scientist… I will never change the world in a big way
- I’m going to be 50 next year and I have nothing to show for it.
- How can I expect my children to be better citizens and understand the importance of community and giving back if I don’t lead by example?
It was time to get serious. I said to the friend I was riding beside “I can’t cure cancer, but I CAN ride across Canada for this cause”.
At this point I didn’t even own a proper road bike let alone cycle more than 20 km in a day – usually just to commute to work, if the weather was nice, if I wasn’t feeling too lazy…. I think you get the picture.
A friend loaned me one of his old road bikes and I took to it like a fish takes to water. I started riding 4-5 days a week. Here, there and everywhere! In August I rode in the Tour for Kids – 580 km over 4 days. In September I had the privilege of riding along with the 2010 Sears National Kids Cancer Riders from Woodstock to Toronto. The following weekend I ended my first cycling season by riding to Niagara Falls and back – in one day. This year – Canada!
Riding long distances every day through the discomfort of tired legs, saddle sores and whatever weather Mother Nature decides to bestow on us, is nothing compared to what a child goes through when they are in treatment. Thank you for supporting me in the greatest challenge of my life. More importantly, kids and their families living with cancer thank you.
MY GOAL IS TO RAISE $50K BY MY 50TH BIRTHDAY
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 crowd of athletes, 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.
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