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Jason Morningstar

Name: Jason Morningstar

Age: 38

Occupation: Mechanical Planner/Scheduler in the Petrochemical Industry, Member of Local 663

Hometown: Sarnia, Ontario

Family: Father of 2 amazing and inspirational young boys, Jesse 4, and Jett 6

Biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: Sear’s National Kids Cancer Ride 2009, Ironman Lake Placid 2003

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Inspiration & Passion

In January 2008 my family was introduced to the devastating world of childhood cancer.  My youngest son Jesse, age two at the time, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  That unforgettable phone call changed our lives forever.  Through numerous surgeries, radiation treatment, and countless doctors appointments Jesse has made a miraculous recovery from an initial prognosis that looked quite grim.   The tumor has shrunk over 80% and remains dormant at this time.  We continue to monitor the status at London Children’s Hospital.   We are now dealing with the secondary effects of radiation which is common for most post treatment radiation patients.  We live a very positive life, we enjoy each day to the fullest, and we cherish each and every moment together.  Life is good! 

As a parent we do all we can to protect our children, but my hands were tied by something out of my control.  In 2009 I was searching for a way to help fight this disease, and give back to the community that helped save my son.  I had been involved in endurance sport for many years including Ironman triathlon, marathons, and other cycling events.  Today my passion is cycling and once I found out about the largest charity cycling event in the world, and that it would benefit children with cancer, I had to commit.  It turned out to be the most amazing and gratifying adventure I will probably ever experience in my life.  Words can just not explain.  I saw first hand the children we are helping, the oncology hospitals we support, and learned about the current advancement in research.  It gave me more hope than ever for my son.  It was such a positive experience that I had no choice but to return for 2011. 

Today I am inspired by the pure determination of my son Jesse, and the love and compassion of his older brother Jett.  We can learn so much from our children.   I will ride for my children and all other families just like mine in hope that one day we will no longer have to ride.   Please help support the Sear’s National Kids Cancer Ride, and give these children a fighting chance of survival, and to just simply be a kid again.  Thank you for your support.

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell”…Lance Armstrong