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Tom Gibson

Name: Tom Gibson

Age: 47

Occupation: Veterinarian, Professor of Small Animal Surgery (orthopedics), Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Hometown: Guelph, Ontario

Family: Married to Shauna, multiple four-legged family members

Your biggest physical accomplishments to date: 2007 and 2009 Epic Tour for Kids, completing a surgical residency!


SNKCR 2010….. Just Glad to be Part of the Team!

As a relative newcomer to road cycling I have been possessed by the zeal of a convert and have enjoyed the sport as my major physical activity and mental release over the past 5 years or so.  It has become a passion that provides a time for socializing with like-minded friends on local group rides and for being alone with my own thoughts on solo rides.  It is also an activity that I can do with Shauna who is usually training for a triathlon.  On my cross bike,  I can ride just about anywhere in just about any conditions and I can break up the time on rollers or a fluid trainer.  I have made many new friends and even converted some others just by getting out on a bike.  What an amazing activity.

Turns out this cycling thing can raise awareness and money for just about any cause and my cause of choice has been Coast to Coast Against Cancer since my first Ride for Karen in 2006. A group of Guelph cycling buddies managed to raise a considerable amount of money for the cause and had a fantastic time. The dedication before the ride, the energy of the riders and volunteers and the post ride presentations changed everything for me. I could see the potential for turning this passion for cycling in to something very positive for kids.  As a veterinarian at a teaching hospital, I get to see miraculous things happen on a daily basis.  Many of you know that the same dreadful diseases that affect children and adults alike affect our 4-legged family members. My profession allows me to be a part of a team of dedicated people that are part of the treatment plan for these furry family members.  We have made great progress in treating cancer in our pets and some of this progress has resulted in research and treatments with a direct impact on human cancer therapy. This really struck a chord with me.  As I became more aware of childhood cancer I realized that so much more could be done. The potential to make a difference for children with cancer was right there in front of me with Coast to Coast.  Two Tour for Kids later and inspiration from the 2009 Sear’s National Ride and Riders and Crew (thanks Beth Stutman and Peter Viol!) lead to my application for this year’s ride. It is really very simple. I do not have direct experience with childhood cancer. My involvement with this organization has been motivation enough. The stories of these children and their families facing this dreadful disease are motivation enough. The progress that has been made in cancer care and cancer research is motivation enough. This progress is directly a result of funding; Funding from organizations like Coast to Coast. I am blessed that I am healthy. I am blessed that children of family and friends that are healthy surround me. I am fortunate to be surrounded by friends, colleagues and family that support me and have encouraged me to complete this ride and all the others that I have completed (Thanks again!). I am ecstatic that I am a member of the 2010 SNKCR Team. I look forward to working with ‘My Team’ to help me train and meet and exceed my fundraising goals. I can’t wait to start the ride! Tom