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Ted Bellinger

Name: Ted Bellinger

Age: 52

Occupation: VP, Business  Development, ENCON Group Inc.

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Family: Married: Lindsey; Children: Jordan and Olivia

Biggest physical accomplishment to date: Participating in the 2007 and 2008 Tour for Kids Ride

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A Bit About Me...

All my life I have been an active person. In my younger days football and track were my sports of choice.  The ‘sins of my youth” finally had taken a toll on my body and by the time I hit my late thirties it was tough to walk around the block ( wonky knee from years of punishment) . My brother suggested I take up cycling as way to keep in shape which I did and haven’t stopped pedaling  since . Riding a bike brought back memories of my youth when the first real sense of freedom and independence came when riding off your street for the very  first time. The cycling culture, the people you meet when out for a ride, the scenery…  everything about the sport is appealing. There is nothing I enjoy more than going for a long ride with my wife Lindsey.

In 2006 while out on a group ride in early spring on a day one probably should have stayed in bed (cold and wet)  I had a crash and broke my femur in three places a well as a hip. While sitting in the back of an ambulance, one of my first thoughts was will I ever be able to ride again – that thought scared me. In any event with the help of a phenomenal surgeon ( an avid cyclist himself) and support from my wife and others I was back on the bike 3 months later . Without support  I’m not sure that would have happened.

In 2007 Lindsey and I were asked to take part in the 2007 Tour for Kids as part of a team. That was our first exposure to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and really to childhood cancer. We are blessed to have healthy children and although just about everyone has a friend, colleague or family member that is battling this disease we did not have first -hand experience with childhood cancer. To say we were awe inspired by the event, the people we met, the volunteers and most of all  by the children and their families that have had to endure this terrible disease is an under- statement. We felt  very honoured to be just a small part of the event and it brought us back the next year. To do something I love for a very worthy cause is awesome!

This year I am very proud to be part of the 2010 Sears National Cancer Kids Ride and hope that I can help even if it is just a little bit in raising awareness and dollars for the kids and their families.