I am proud to be a member of the 2020 Tour de Rock alumni team. Being on the 2012 Tour de Rock team was a truly profound and life-changing experience to support children and families experiencing cancer. That's why I'm riding again this fall.
Due to COVID-19, the 23rd outing of the Tour de Rock will be different, but the need to fundraise for such an important cause is just as great. I recognize that I am fortunate to be healthy, so I will proudly join this year's alumni team to continue to raise money for pediatric cancer research and support programs. I will be riding for one day in October, alongisde a small group of alumni, in a safe and socially distanced fundraising ride (hopefully with community stops!) in the Capital Region.
The photo you see on this page is of me and one of my Junior Riders, Daisy, right before my team and I left on the 2012 ride. Daisy was diagnosed with two different types of infant leukemia when she was just 10 weeks old. She underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant before her first birthday. She survived, and recently celebrated her 15th birthday.
Her story, however, is not what all families experience. In the eight years that I've been involved with the Tour de Rock, our Vancouver Island family has lost too many children to cancer.
That is why I am riding again in the 2020 Tour de Rock. The fight is not over. Every child diagnosed with cancer should survive. But even more than that, I want every one of them to also thrive after completing treatment. Supporting pediatric cancer research helps to find treatments that are less invasive and treatments that leave fewer emotional, mental and physical scars. It helps fund programs that allow kids to be kids.
Since riding as a media rider in the 2012 Tour de Rock team, I have remained actively involved with the fundraiser as a Director on the Tour de Rock steering committee for three years, as a volunteer support crew member during the ride, and by helping to train many of the Tour de Rock teams in media and communication skills.
Please consider helping me reach my fundraising goal! Every donation shows children and families going through pediatric cancer that they do not have to face it alone.
Thanks for your support!