Laurel Shuttleworth

Rider

Nickname: 

Saddle Up

Age: 

50

Hometown: 

Edmonton, Alberta

Occupation: 

Paralegal

What is your bike's name?: 

Ethel

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Advanced

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

5 years: 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. In 2005, I was to accompany my mother to Austin, as she was a warrior. Unfortunately she was too ill to fly to Austin, but I did, and from the moment I saw the sparkle in peoples' eyes I was hooked.

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

It is a way for me to support people living with cancer and to spread the news about what the Wellspring centres can do for everyone involved with a cancer diagnosis. I am not in a position to donate large sums of money but I have a large reserve of energy that I can share by donating my time in fundraising activities for Cancervive and Wellspring. My legs will be doing the talking as I use them to knock on doors to ask for donations and then to pedal my bike towards Lewiston, Maine, where we will meet our warriors. My partner Rick and a good friend Gregg are also supporting Cancervive again this year, as they are returning as a motorhome team, and I am looking forward to sharing the experience with them and with my warrior, Ken, when he arrives in Lewiston.

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

I do not usually listen to music when I ride. I spread my time between mountain bike riding with my Thursday night boyz, the Fn Riders, and road riding. When mountain bike riding, I am chatting with my friends or concentrating on staying upright. I usually do my road bike rides by myself and use the time to contemplate life or to just empty my mind and enjoy the scenery.

Who are you riding for?: 

For everyone affected by cancer, and that includes the person with the diagnosis, their family members and their friends. No one goes through this alone.

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

I have already received so much from Cancervive and Wellspring. They were a tremendous support for me while I was dealing with the illness and then the loss of my mother. Involvement with these entities helped me to lose the feeling of helplessness as I watched a loved one struggling. Strangers became friends with a simple touch or a kind word. They reached out and I want everyone going through their own struggle to have the same type of experience...to be wrapped in that warm embrace.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

The camaraderie between the cyclists and volunteers while on the road, and then to sharing the experience with my warrior in Lewiston.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

Fear? I do not have any fears regarding this journey. I am filled with excitement. Whatever obstacles appear on the road will be overcome by the group.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

My mother died from peritoneal cancer at the age of 67 and her death has left a huge hole in my heart. I watched her struggle with this disease and was amazed at her strength. To the end, she was looking out for the welfare of others instead of thinking about herself.

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

My words for cancer are not printable.

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

I think about the strength of those going through their own battle with cancer and then I will my legs to work harder.

Comments

Sending you big warm hugs!!

Hey Laurel and Cherylk-Ann, I am so excited for you all for this amazing journey you are about to start... and I am so sad that I am not at the start to cheer you on your way. You guys have a fantastic time and stay warm! My friend Dawn in Calgary said it is snowed there, but I know you guys are tougher than that!! So sending you warm hugs and I can not wait to watch your little blinking dot on the map get closer to Maine!

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