What is your bike's name?:
What is your level of experience with cycling?:
How many years have you done the peloton ride?:
Why are you riding in the peloton?:
I am riding for many reasons. I am riding in memory of my Mom, Fred’s Mom (Babcia) and many other loved ones. I have trained hard and will ride hard because this challenge is nothing compared to those who have had to battle Cancer. I’m also riding as a proud Ambassador for Wellspring Calgary as they provide the love and support Cancer patients seek at all stages in their cancer journey.
What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?:
1. "Why God Made Me" sung by Joel Kroeker, 2. "Imagine" sung by Eva Cassidy, 3. "Into the Light" by Bahamas, 4. "The French Song", 5. "Things I Wish I'd Said" by Rodney Crowel, 6. and many, many more.
Who are you riding for?:
This year Fred and I are blessed to be bringing two very special Warriors to the Dempsey Challenge - Jamie Treadgold (Cancer Survivor) and Jacquie Wiart-Lapp (currently undergoing Cancer Treatment).
What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?:
I hope to be able to bring awareness of just how important a centre like Wellspring Calgary is . . . the more we can reach out to people, the better. I know the ride will change my life . . . I am hoping the result of my ride can help change many other lives.
What are you looking forward to most?:
I am looking forward to the journey . . . to the people we meet along the way and can share our story with them . . . to be able to walk and hold hands with my Warriors at the Dempsey Challenge . . . and I have to be honest . . . for a chance to meet Patrick Dempsey. I admire his dedication and passion and it would most certainly be an honour :)
What is your biggest fear for this journey?:
My biggest fear is that I physically will not be able to keep up. But I had the same fears when I rode to Philadelphia and I had no troubles at all! Sometimes I am harder on myself than I need to be.
How have you been affected by cancer?:
Cancer is an ugly word. Too many people I have loved have been diagnosed with Cancer. Too many people I have loved have lost the battle to Cancer. But there is one thing I know for sure ... many people have been grateful for their Cancer as they have been able to see life in a different way. There is a reason we call them Warriors. They are brave and strong. And have taught me many lessons.
If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?:
I would say F- You Cancer. I will do everything in my power to beat you. I will not let you defeat me. Bring it on.
What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?:
When the riding gets tough, I start to think of all those I love and have loved who battled the terrible fight against Cancer. I think about what it is like for them going through Chemo treatments, Radiation treatments, how they somehow always manage to see the positive and stay strong and fight through it. I think of them and their strength and pray for mine. It is for this reason that I am also an Ambassador for "The Tomorrow Project". If I can do something today to help those I love of tomorrow, then I will do anything in my power to spread the word and get others on board. The Tomorrow Project is all throughout Canada . . . I invite you to check out the website . . . http://www.in4tomorrow.ca