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Elizabeth Manley

Name: Elizabeth Manley

Age: 36

Occupation: Trademark Agent for Cineplex Entertainment

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Family: Single

Biggest Accomplishment: Triathlon and 2 half marathons


It’s my time to give back.

Hi.  My name is Elizabeth Manley and I am riding my bike across Canada to raise funds to fight childhood cancer. On September 9th, I will be joining approximately 45 incredible individuals as we spend 15 days riding across the country in the third annual Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. 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. The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride funds programs that improve the lives of children living with cancer as well as those recovering from the physical and emotional scars that can be part of survivorship. Beyond the children themselves, their families and friends benefit from on-going support programs provided for by the National Kids Cancer Ride. Our destination - Beyond Cancer.

My story:

I spent my entire life overweight and out of shape. That all changed about four and a half years ago when I found out I had a brain aneurysm. It quickly put a lot of things into perspective and made me realize that you can't take life for granted at any age.   Over the past few years I made a number of changes in my life, including getting fit and healthy. I had surgery almost three years ago. During the time leading up to my surgery, I lost the weight and focused on what I wanted to do when I recovered. I am very thankful for a second chance at life, and I know that without the medical advancements of today, my life may have been cut short. Now I try to live life to the fullest and to give back when I can. 

Why am I doing this?

For me, it’s simple – because I can.  This is my way of giving back and with your support, we can make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.

Why childhood cancer?

I have two nieces that mean everything to me and I love watching them grow up and seeing the excitement on their faces when they tell me about the things they’ve learned or done.  Their lives are filled with so many first experiences, and for any child, a first experience should not include blood transfusions, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and everything else that goes into fighting this disease. They should be spending their time playing with friends, going to school, and enjoying everything that being a child is about. Life at that age shouldn't be about having to fight to survive or having to worry whether you will make it to your next birthday.

How I’ve been impacted by cancer.

Cancer is one of those horrible diseases that touches everyone and it is certainly not a stranger in my life. Most recently, my Aunt Betty passed this past summer from uterine cancer. The week before my 13th birthday, my grandmother passed away from lung cancer and my grandfather battles skin cancer for the last 15 years of his life.   My cousin, my Aunt Betty’s daughter, has just finished chemotherapy and radiation for her second round of breast cancer. However, the biggest impact cancer has had on me is from listening to the stories of those that have fought the battle and won and lost. It’s not until you talk to others that you realize how big this disease really is. Everyone I know has multiple stories to tell about loved ones they have lost to various forms of cancer.