Lisa Campfens

Rider

Nickname: 

Lizzy Kate

Age: 

50

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Emergency Physician

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Advanced

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

 
This year I am turning 50. Reflecting on both my personal and professional life, I want to show my appreciation for being alive and well and to ride for those who are fighting/riding a much tougher battle.
 
The Cancervive Peloton Project is the flagship event in support of Wellspring Calgary aimed at ambassadorship of cancer survivors and awareness of their issues. Cancervive is carrying on the dream of fighting cancer on a local front. It is a volunteer based organisation that directs 100% of all donated funds to local cancer survival progams. 
 
 I have watched my good friend Lavina Gilland commit herself tirelessly to this event over the last few years. I have been touched by cancer both in my personal and professional life. Personally starting from a very early age, I have lost to breast cancer my mother, grandmother, 2 aunts, a cousin and 2 close friends. I have also a dear frriend to melanoma. But I have also seen many successes amongst close friends, colleagues, and patients that I have taken care of in the Emergency Department. Not a day goes by that I don’t think dearly of one of them. I love to cycle and last year I did the ‘Ride to Conquer Cancer’. I cycled 200km over 2 days and raised $5520.00.
 
This year I am turning 50 in September and felt very strongly about supporting this cause in both memory of my mother who I am sure looks down on us every day and also in support of my friend Janet who has fought a courageous and tough battle and is winning!!!!

Who are you riding for?: 

 
I have been touched by cancer both in my personal and professional life. Personally starting from a very early age, I have lost to breast cancer my mother, grandmother, 2 aunts, a cousin and 2 close friends. I have also lost a dear friend to melanoma.
 
This year I am turning 50 in September and felt very strongly about supporting this cause in both memory of my mother who I am sure looks down on us every day and also in support of my friend Janet who has fought a courageous and tough battle and is winning!!!!

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

 
An inner peace that I have committed to and actively helped in the battle to overcome cancer. Also the knowledge that my mom knows somehow I am doing this in many respects for her

What are you looking forward to most?: 

 
I am looking forward to spending time with a great group of people all supporting the same cause

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

 
I have no fears about the journey.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

 
I have been touched by cancer both in my personal and professional life. Personally starting from a very early age, I have lost to breast cancer my mother, grandmother, 2
aunts, a cousin and 2 close friends. I have also a dear friend to melanoma. But I have also seen many successes amongst close friends, colleagues, and patients that I have taken care of in the Emergency Department. Not a day goes by that I don’t think dearly of one of them. 

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

 
I am strong, I am loved, I will win.

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

 
I think about how lucky I am to be healthy and to still be able to do this. I think about the open spaces and the fresh air. I think about how great it is to be out with friends. I think about my mom and I think about all the patients I see everyday at work who are so much less fortunate.

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