- Age: 29
- Hometown: Oakville, ON, Lives in Kelowna, British Columbia
- Occupation: Chiropractor at Okanagan Health and Performance
- Family: 3 amazing big brothers Michael, Taras, and Ollie, loving parents Nancy and Jerry, roommates for life Josh, Christine, and Mackai
- Greatest Achievement: Riding SNKCR in 2009, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, Muskoka half ironman, becoming a chiropractor
Why am I riding from coast to coast?
I’m back! My name is Kari and I did the ride in 2009 when I was inspired by my boss at the time, Rod MacDonald of CanFitPro. Rod was a National Rider the first year of the ride in 2008. I remember hearing him speak about his experience at the Toronto CanFitPro conference and being so inspired that this busy man would dedicate so much of his time to such an important cause. The following year CanFitPro was looking for someone to represent the company on the ride and I jumped at the opportunity. I had been so blessed with good health and wanted to do something to give back to children and families who were going through a difficult season. Since my life changing experience on the ride, 7 years have passed. My best friend Christine was a national rider in 2011, I graduated from chiropractic college and moved across the country to Kelowna, British Columbia. Life brought Christine and her husband Josh out to Kelowna as well and they have since had a beautiful baby boy named Mackai. Mackai is now a healthy, thriving one-year-old and I can’t imagine if he was faced with one of the diagnosis of the many Canadian children I met when cycling across Canada in 2009. When I moved to Kelowna in 2014 I started practising at an incredible clinic called Okanagan Health and Performance. One of the owners and fellow chiropractors Rob Mutch has a son Eli who, now a healthy 6-year-old, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2010 at 4 months old. It breaks my heart that children have to deal with such serious issues at such a young age. When I Iearned that the SNKCR was looking for another National Rider this fall, my whole heart jumped at the opportunity. I feel that I’m in a season right now where my cup is so full and recognize that it may not always be that way. I want to do anything in my capacity to give back and make life easier for people who may be having a more difficult time. I’ve already been so touched with the support I’ve received from work, friends, and community members and believe there is a great deal of power and beauty when communities come together for a cause greater than themselves. We have such a strong community here in Kelowna and my dream team Christine Cairns, Siobhan McManus (a national rider in 2010) and I are really excited to fundraise and create awareness for pediatric cancer research.