Family: Married to Rina Nelson for 24 years with 3 sons. Kyle 22, Josh 19 and AJ 15
Occupation: Inside Sales Associate with Telus Health Solutions
My biggest accomplishment to date is raising 3 kids to be honest and hard working individuals. Being a part of my own charity organization “Work For A Cure” and making a difference in my own community. I give where I live.
On June 20th, 2003, I heard the words that no parent should ever have to hear – “your son has cancer”. It was at that moment that I knew our lives would change forever. At the age of 9, my son, Josh, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. After enduring a 10 hour surgery, seizures, a stroke, a post-surgery syndrome that left him unable to walk or talk, 31 radiation treatments and 52 weeks of chemo, it became clear that Josh was a fighter.
This year I will cycle across Canada to honour Josh and his 10 year milestone as a survivor.
I was fortunate enough to be a national volunteer with the 2011 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride (SNKCR). Together with my wife, Rina, we watched in proud amazement as Josh rode in his own journey across our great country on the back of a tandem bike. Here was a boy who is normally in a wheelchair but determined to make sure that no other child has to go through what he went through. Josh taught all of us something during those 16 days.
Being a part of the SNKCR family has given me the itch to do so much more. Over the past year, cycling has become a big part of my life. Together with Josh, we rode in the Tour For Kids Ontario and had our first ever long-distance tandem ride with a very emotional 110 km finish.
So, this year I have committed to riding the entire coast to coast journey on behalf of Josh and all those who can’t, and to raise funds so that maybe one day no parent ever has to hear the words “your child has cancer.”
In September of this year, approximately 25 National Riders from across Canada will start a 17-day, 7,000 km epic adventure from Vancouver to Halifax in the sixth annual Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. I hope you will consider supporting me http://SNKCR.com/andrewnelson on this journey of a lifetime as I honour my hero and survivor, my son, Josh.