Neil Babbage

Neil Babbage

Age: 47Niagara Falls, ON

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Occupation: Chef by trade

Family: Married for 5 years to my amazing wife Jenny; father of two incredible girls, Dalin 22 and Shannon 20; grandfather to Ayden 3, Madison 1 and Damien 8 months

Greatest achievement so far: being accepted to ride Coast for Coast Against Cancer.

 

Destination – Beyond Cancer!

I’m honoured and humbled to be able to be part of this effort to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children living with and beyond cancer. You have my commitment to continue this journey and ride so that no parent has to hear the words, “Your child has cancer”.

My charity work began in Wales, UK. As a young boy my brothers and I were encouraged by our parents to give back and help those in need. We sold pins for the blind and eventually we would sell over 50 boxes of poppies for Veteran’s Day. After moving to Canada about 18 years ago, I started fundraising for Relay for life. I bumped up my efforts when my mother in law, Jenny Pasco, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. In 2010, my daughters’ mother, Bev Peck, succumbed to lung cancer in November of that year.

I started to feel a need for a lifestyle change and began working out at the gym. This is how I got into cycling. I felt that if I could do spin classes, I could ride a bike on the road and get the same results. It wasn’t as easy as I thought. I didn’t know that the type of bike or weight of it had any bearing on my ride.

Three days before I did my first 75km ride for cancer, The Big Move, I bought my first bike. I think it was a hybrid and off I went. I did my ride and suffered a bid but I completed it! After getting a better road bike, a friend and I decided to take on The Ride to Conquer Cancer from Toronto to Niagara Falls over two days. Together we raised over $5000 and finished the ride together.

I came across the Coast to Coast Against Cancer site by accident one day and thought I would love to be able to do that ride. Believe it or not, my wife, thought I should try to get involved, especially because it was for children’s cancers. A few days later, my brother called me from Wales to tell me that his 3 year old grand daughter had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.Chloe would have to go to France for an operation and 9 months of treatment. Now at the age of 5, she is a happy little girl ,who currently is cancer free,and enjoying her life with her family. I realized that it wasn’t an accident that I stumbled upon the Coast to Coast site and my fundraising efforts started.

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