Kevin Pasenau

Rider

Age: 

35

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

IT Infrastructure

What is your bike's name?: 

n00b

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Beginner

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

This is my first Peloton ride

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

My involvement with Cancervive started in 2007 when I was involved as a warrior for the event in Austin. At this point, I had recently completed treatment and was completely wiped - both physically and mentally. Alberta Healthcare had beaten the cancer, but I hardly felt victorious. I was unable to walk a flight of stairs and in constant pain, the road to recovery was still ahead. It's hard to express how big a role Cancervive & Wellspring played in my recovery. From the warrior experience in Austin, to the classes I attended at Wellspring, to the volunteering with Cancervive over the last few years, it truly made all the difference. I am riding this year to sponsor a warrior for the event in Lewiston.

What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?: 

Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills, Celtic Frost - Dethroned Emperor, Korpiklaani - Bring Us Pints Of Beer, Motorhead - Damage Case, The Darkness - Black Shuck.

Who are you riding for?: 

Kevin Yorston (warrior) and in memory of Doug Rogers (who rode for me in 2007).

What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?: 

I hope my warrior enjoys the experience and, being a former warrior, it will help provide some closure to my journey through cancer.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

Meeting up with Kevin Yorston (warrior) in Lewiston.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

Meeting the fundraising goal.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

How has it not affected my life?

If you have cancer, what is your diagnosis?: 

2006, Testicular Cancer.

What treatments have you undergone?: 

Chemo, orchiectomy.

If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?: 

GTFO :)

What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?: 

I think about how fortunate I am to be there in that moment and healthy. Regardless of how tough it gets, it's a piece of cake compared to fighting cancer.

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