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Jim Ritchie

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Age: 58

Occupation: Toronto Fire Services District Chief

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

Family: Married; 4 children; 4 grandsons

My biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: Tour For Kids

In the News: Gearing up for Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

In the News: Retiree bikes from Vancouver to Halifax for cancer

"Riding in memory of one of many of the courageous who have lost their battle"

I started cycling in 1975 in order to commute to work.  For me, every day was an adventure on the bike, before I even got to work!   Over the years I’ve toured on my bike fairly extensively, but Tour For Kids last year was the biggest cycling undertaking.  Riding with the Team Amelia group gave me a whole new perspective, on many levels.  I met many people along the ride whose lives had been affected by childhood cancer, and that touched me deeply.  I was even more impressed by the fact that 100% of the monies raised went to directly to the charity.  I also learned about the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, and knew I had to do it in 2009.

Sponsor RollAs a veteran firefighter, I’ve been involved in a profession my entire life that helps people every day.  You might say that giving back has been an integral part of who I am professionally.  That part of me has also extended to a personal level. Over the years I’ve helped with canvassing for the Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Salvation Army (also working at their Toy Shop at Christmas!).  And now, I will be doing this Ride in 2009, which will be my biggest challenge to date.

A good friend of mine lost his 15 year old daughter, Kristin, to non-sun related melanoma in 1996.  Although the battle was lost, she fought courageously, never giving up hope.  Unfortunately for Kristin, while her parents’ search throughout North America to find a cure led them to several centres which had promising trials, Kristin’s treatment could not save her.  The future for that cure lies in research, which this Ride will fund.  I have seen what losing a child to cancer does to a family, and I’d like to make a difference for another, luckier family.

I am doing this Ride in memory of Kristin, who sadly who lost her courageous battle.  I’m honoured to have her father, Doug, as part of the support team.   This will make the ride even more meaningful for me.  And, what will make it even more special for me is knowing that I will be joined by all four of my children, and one of my grandson’s, when the Ride comes through the Toronto GTA.  Together, we will ride for Kristin.

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”  Orison Swett Marden