HI ALL JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I HAVE REACHED MY GOAL OF $6000 THANKS TO THE AMAZING WORK OF THE PARK ROYAL JAIL BIRDS!!
This is my second time participating in the Tour de Coast. I was affected by many of the people we met and stories we heard. I would like to sharee a couple of things which stayed with me.
Cancer does not let you prepare. A family planned a day of fishing down at the river. Their youngest son had been listless and not eating for a few days. While Dad took the older kids fishing, Mom (out of an abundance of caution) took the youngest to hospital. By the end of day, they were at Children's hospital being admitted to fight a disease which had a head start and would be their complete focus for the next year. They needed and received immediate care and support to save their son's life.
Cancer takes over. While at a tour stop, a Mom was inspired to share her families story. She spoke of how treatement and fear for their child separated them from friends and families, prevented them from enjoying life's celebrations and shrank their world down to treatment regimes and hospital stays. When they went to Camp Goodtimes they were given an avenue to relax, re-connect with each other, play as a family and learn to give themselves permission to enjoy life again.
As a rider I spend 8 months working in the community to raise awarenes about cancer and secure financial support for Camp Goodtimes and research for childhood cancer. I train to to ride 800kms in 9 days through communities in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and the Sea to Sky corridor. I hope that the Tour de Coast shows these kids and their families that they are not alone, that we are thinking of them and that they are important to us.
I'm riding in memory of Mike, Brenda and John and for those who continue to mourn their loss.