Name: Damon Allen
Occupation: Team Lead Sears Warehouse
Hometown: Belleville, ON
Family: Married with 2 daughters and 1 son (11,7,3)
Biggest Accomplishment: 2008 Boston Marathon, 20 marathons since 2004, ride along with SNKCR In 2009
Helping To Make A Brighter Future
As a 6 yr old child, having been told that I would never be able play like the other kids and be in a wheel chair by the time I was 18 because I had MD, started my journey into doing everything I could to beat that diagnosis. Knowing that it was something that I could beat and prove the doctors wrong, that MD wouldn’t put me in a wheelchair made my efforts that much stronger and started my passion for running which started my endeavor with Cross Country. All through elementary and High School I participated with the Cross Country teams which led to my ultimate life goal of running the prestigious Boston Marathon in 2008. After completing this milestone my focus changed to now see what I could do to help others achieve their goals, and that is when I heard about the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. I had the opportunity to ride alone with the 2009 team from Pickering to Belleville and then I knew where my focus would now be; to work to make a brighter future for those children and their families living with cancer and beyond towards a cure.
Why did this stands out as something that I would be interested in? I have had many family members and friends be devastated by those 3 words “You have Cancer”, and that made me think, what would I do if I heard those same words and it meant that my children or family would now also be on that long road of treatments and unanswered questions. That alone gives me the inspiration to start on this endeavor. I am honored to be a part of this event, to have been chosen to ride along with these selected group of riders, and be just a small part of making a better future for those children and their families living with and beyond cancer.
With every step I run, every Pedal I take and each hour I ride I know that it is nothing compared to what these families deal with day in and day out. For that reason alone, I want to make a better future for all those living with this prognosis, so we all can have many happy years ahead of them.
“The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.