Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to ride coast to coast as a national rider in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride – it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.
When I signed up for the ride last year, I assumed it would just be a great cycling adventure and a chance to raise some money for an important cause. Little did I know that it would be such a life changing experience! The opportunity to meet and ride alongside some true heroes had a profound impact on me that will stay with me forever – among them, parents who are either in the midst of their child’s illness or those who have lost a child to cancer; survivors of childhood cancer who now fight, ride and volunteer for other children who are going through what they did; and the amazing volunteers who dedicate themselves to this important cause year after year. I feel so privileged to be part of such a strong and wonderful community of people (which really feels more like a family!) who are so committed to creating a destination beyond kids cancer.
I will be participating as a relay rider in this year’s Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, riding for four days from Thunder Bay To Toronto. This will be my fifth event in support of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation this year (I took part in the Hero Ride in June, and just completed the Tour for Kids Triple Crown which took me to Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario) and I will be volunteering as a member of the support crew from Toronto to Halifax. It has been a busy and wonderful summer so far, and I’m looking forward to getting out on the road with the national riders as a rider and volunteer.
Why am I doing all of this? First, it’s a cause I believe is worth supporting – children’s cancer programs are chronically underfunded in Canada. Another one of the key reasons is that every single dollar I raise goes directly to help kids with cancer – not a penny supports administrative or other costs. This is why I’ll continue to support these events, and why I will always feel good about asking (well, telling) everyone I know (and a whole lot of people I don’t know) to support this organization.
Cancer is a horrible disease no matter who you are or how old you are, but it’s almost unimaginable that a child should ever have to face it. Every kid deserves a chance to grow up – help us make a difference by making a donation, and you can change the story for kids with cancer.
Why am I riding from Coast to Coast?
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 team of cyclists, 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.
About Childhood Cancer:
The causes of childhood cancers are, in most cases, unknown. The types of cancers that occur in children vary greatly from those seen in adults. They tend to occur in different parts of the body, and they respond differently to treatment. Leukemias, brain and other nervous system tumours, lymphomas (lymph node cancers), bone cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, and adrenal gland cancers are the most common cancers of children.
In the early 1950s, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured. Today, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors and the majority of them are considered cured. However, 60% of survivors have long lasting impacts due to the impact of treatments or their cancer.
The National Kids Cancer Ride will fund research and other programs that improve the lives of children living with cancer. For more information of the Foundation’s work, please visit www.CoastToCoastAgainstCancer.org.