Why did I reach out to the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride with the purpose of enriching the quality of life of Canadian children burdened by cancer?
Several years ago I was introduced to the cause by an inspiring couple who have both made the ride across Canada and who I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years. Through their experiences I became educated about the devastating disease that holds 10,000 children in its grasp and the people who support them. Shortly after Terri and Mark made their journey, I was in a car accident that changed my life in ways that I could never have imagined. For the past two years I have been recovering from my injuries and learning new ways of approaching life. It has been a process that requires acceptance, getting involved, setting priorities, reaching out and being thankful. I have had to learn to focus on what I can do, NOT on what I cannot do.
This is not always easy having been an athlete my entire life and pretty much being able to accomplish any goal I set my mind to. My success can be attributed to the power of PEOPLE; family, old friends, new friends, health care professionals, people met by happenstance and children.
I have had the pleasure of working with children over the past 15 years. Without a doubt they are; loving, effervescent, insightful, inspiring, powerful, compassionate, fearless, curious, resilient, courageous and motivating! I would like to think that I have helped them in some small way but the truth is I am forever changed by their wisdom and outlook on life. Being a volunteer for the ride is my way of giving back what has been given to me in boatloads by children.
A group of motivated individuals can accomplish anything. Being part of the Sears National Kids Cancer ride as a volunteer unites me in the commitment to the childhood cancer community. The community has purpose, camaraderie, responsibility, growth and leadership; all qualities I admire. You can become part of the community as well through sponsorship, creating awareness and sharing the journey in any way you can. Although I am not able to ride I can certainly support the team and meet some amazing children and their families along the way.
Thank you to Cassandra, my daughter for always being an inspiration. Thank you to family and friendships that I treasure and who support me in my adventures. Daniel, your help has been never ending and much appreciated throughout our time together.