Age: 57Toronto, ON
Occupation: Consultant/Project Manager
Family: I live with my incredible supportive children, Jennifer and Mark
Greatest achievement so far: 60km Walk to End Breast Cancer; Tour for Kids Ontario 2008-2012; Tour for Kids Atlantic 2012; Tour for Kids Triple Crown 2013 (Alberta, Atlantic and Ontario 2013) and transforming myself in 2008 by losing 33lbs and going from a dress size 12-14 to 2-6 with my coach Dan Go
Destination –Beyond Cancer!
I’m honoured to be a part of this effort to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children living with and beyond cancer. I’m committed to this journey and ride so that no parent has to hear the most dreaded words “your child has cancer”.
In 2007 a very good friend, Rob Kerr, introduced me to his cycling club, EZ Riders, and to Tour for Kids Ontario 2008. I was a never a regular cyclist, so in 2007 I bought a hybrid to ride with the club and then in the 2008 I bought my road bike.
After experiencing the first Tour for Kids I was hooked. It was a life changing moment for me to experience the 4 day biking journey with cancer survivors, people still going through their journey, and hearing the parents talk about their children’s journey was just so overwhelming and heart wrenching.
I still remember on the last morning; a parent told us the story of her children and how not one, but both of them were lost to cancer. I still get goose bumps and tears to this day. At that moment I knew this is a fundraiser that I would be doing for a very long time.
I have dedicated my efforts to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation due to the incredible 100% donation rule that all money raised goes to children living with cancer, the incredible co-founders who are passionate about the cause and all of the volunteers and participates who are so inspiring.
This September I along with many other riders will share a special commitment to change the lives of children and their families living with cancer. Together we will participate in the 2014 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. I have dedicated this year to intense training and a commitment to fundraise ($25,000) to ride to the challenge of a 17 day biking journey across Canada. From September 4-20, 2014 we will ride from Vancouver, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia, experiencing the country in a way few will ever experience. We will brave all kinds of conditions, be grateful for the success of each day as we ride and embrace the goal of our final destination-beyond cancer!
I will undertake this challenge in memory of all the fallen angels who battled their life to this dreaded disease. I ask that you consider donating towards this worthy cause, so together we can find a cure to childhood cancer.
Thank-you for your help, support and encouragement from the bottom of my heart.
Let the journey begin!