I am participating in the ACV 401 Bike Challenge. Join me in the fight against the greatest challenges in child health. By choosing to support, you'll be helping SickKids and Montreal Children's Hospital tackle the toughest diseases. Please consider sponsoring me to help raise funds and awareness for these two great institutions. Thank you!
On April 19, 2013, we heard the words that no parent should ever have to hear – “your son has cancer”.
George, our baby, barely 9 months old was diagnosed with Nephroblastoma (Wilms tumor) - an uncommon pediatric cancer accounting for less than 50 cases in Canada each year.
What ensued were three surgeries, an extended hospital stay, 20 weeks of chemotherapy, countless blood tests and imaging scans. Throughout the ordeal, our little Warrior remained un-phased and steadfast as the Montreal Children's Hospital had suddenly become our second "home". There we met a lot of brave children and their families. We quickly learnt how much children could be resilient – their spirits indomitable even when faced with insurmountable odds.
We were blessed with an exceptional medical team and support group; everyone from the treating physicians and nursing teams to the social workers and volunteers. Our son received exceptional care throughout.
This July, almost 10 years later, George celebrated his 10th birthday! Full of health, smiles and energy! I have committed to honor this milestone in a special way!
On August 19, I will be partaking in the Air Canada Vacations 401 Bike Challenge.
I will be joining my husband who will be on his 7th year participating in the full distance, and the rest of the 3-day riders, to ride from Cornwall to Montreal for the final 135km.
The riders will begin the journey from Sick kids Children's hospital in Toronto to Montreal's Children's hospital, a 3 day ultra-endurance 580km bike ride. This will by no means be an easy challenge for me but it pales in comparison to what kids have to endure on a daily basis during their cancer treatments.
I am dedicating my ride to all childhood cancer Warriors, Survivors, and Angels.
Please consider supporting me on this journey of a lifetime as I honor my hero, my son, George! No amount is too small.