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Keith Smith

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Occupation: Sales Agent

Hometown: Cornwall, ON

Family: Happily Married; 1 daughter & son in-law, 2 sons and a daughter in-law, 1 granddaughter

My biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: Training and riding the 2008 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

In the News: Pedaling from coast to coast

The kids have spoken:

Having been involved in many sports during my lifetime I simply enjoy getting on my bike and going for a ride. If it has a focus whether it is a race, training, touring, or exploring it is just that much more meaningful. For the past five years I have been involved with The Tour for Kids rides and the help they give Kids and their families dealing with cancer.

This will be my second year doing the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.  I was fortunate to have been selected as a National Rider in 2008, the inaugural year of the ride.  I have been committed to doing the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride 2009 since I arrived in Halifax last June.  While I truly enjoyed the training and the challenges of the ride it was the kids we heard from across the country that keep me focused on the task at hand. Raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer.

Sponsor RollDuring our 7600km journey all of us heard from Doctors, Mothers, Fathers, Siblings, Friends and Care Givers. But it was the words from the Kids that always had a way of telling it the way it is.  A young boy told us about how his cancer was so rare that he felt that he had won the unluckiest lottery in the world. As a survivor he still deals with the affects of his cancer.  A young girl had written how she was three times a survivor, but we were told that she was unable to survive her fourth fight. Unfortunately childhood cancer can often re-occur and attack as a new cancer.  From the Doctors we heard how they have great success with some cancers but so much work to do to have a better success rate with all cancer.

During the time I was coaching a local ski team one of our athletes was diagnosed with cancer. It’s odd that while our family had been touched by cancer it was his fight with cancer that etched itself in my memory. Paul and his family are like family to us. With cancer, you don’t get to train for the fight. It just sneaks up and you have to deal with it. I have close friends who continue to fight, close friends who are in remission and family who have both lost and won their fight with cancer. None of them were able to train for the fight but everyone gave it their all.

Riding across the country as a member of the SNKCR 2009 team is a privilege.

Raising awareness and funds are extremely meaningful and the only way we will arrive at Destination; Beyond Cancer.

“Charge!”  (the words ushered by every general as he entered into battle)