Name: Suzanne Delaney
Occupation: Teacher, School Administrator and Personal Trainer
Hometown: Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: would have to be 5 years of Competitive Bodybuilding at the Provincial Level and 1 year at the National Level. I am also proud to say that I have cycled the Cabot Trail every summer for the last 10 years.
This is not at all, about the bike!!!
I am an active person by nature. Even more obvious, is then fact that I am a goal driven individual. I have accomplished many personal goals over the last few years. I started off as a recreational bodybuilder. I competed provincially for 3 years before I realized that I was doing well with very little effort and guidance. I gave it my all in the last year and finally won my weight class. I went on to compete Nationally. The experience was an eye opener for me.
I took up long distance cycling 8 years ago. In the back of my mind, I have always wanted to take part in road races, but never chose to get prepared for them. Over the last 8 years, I have spent a great deal of time cycling throughout the summer months. The Cabot Trail has been a group ride that I have done with friends every summer for the last 8 years.
Last year, I read about the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride through Can-Fit-Pro magazine. I was interested from the minute I read the articles. One year went by before I read up on it once more. I researched it on the internet and before I knew it, I had applied to be a national rider.
As an educator, I have had the opportunity to work with just a few children with cancer. A few too many is what I like to say. Two years ago, a former student of mine addressed the entire student body at my elementary school. He talked about the day he was diagnosed, the shock, the treatments, the hospital visits, his time away from school and friends. I left the presentation touched and scarred forever. I knew that if I was ever to give back, the time was now.
The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride is unique to me for several reasons. This is the first goal I set for myself that is not about me. I am doing this for someone else. I train in order to achieve a goal for someone else. I fundraise for the life of someone else.
From the start, I have had to explain the “why” behind this journey. People say, “She must know someone or she must have lost someone”. The answer is still “no”. My personal stories all have happy endings. These kids are telling their own stories. We need more happy endings. Kids deserve the right to tell their own story.
At the end of this journey, my experience will end. My physical pain will eventually go away. Not all cancer victims are that fortunate. The pain and scars of cancer stay with patients forever. It is through this journey that I hope and pray to be able to help these little people win the fight beyond cancer. It is time for the people who can, to make a difference in lives of people who can’t.
A quote that we all recognize and that is so appropriate for myself in this journey:
“It’s not about the bike” (Lance Armstrong)