Nancy Wright

Rider

Nickname: 

Sunshine

Age: 

49

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Mom, ex-nurse, Volunteer at Wellspring.

What is your bike's name?: 

Blue

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Intermediate

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

2 years - '08 and '10.

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

I am riding to do my very small part to fight cancer. To do something that supports the amazing centre, Wellspring Calgary, is the least I can do.

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

I am the lucky co-captain of the Ambassador Team so when we train we do NOT listen to music. It's a no-no. But music I love on the road: 1) Life is a Highway, 2) A little help from your friends, 3) We're here for a good time, not a long time, 4) YMCA (just makes me laugh),

Who are you riding for?: 

SO, SO many. For my warrior, Jo; for my forever-warrior from the Philadelphia ride, Trudy; for my Mom and Dad; for Jodie who is always tucked up in my heart and who I swear is my wind at my back when I 'need' it; for all the members at Wellspring who I have come to love...

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

I hope to widen my Cancervive family, whom I love dearly. I hope to fall in love with my team-mates as I have done in the past. I hope to meet all kinds of new people who will insprire me daily...and I know I will.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

I am most looking forward to seeing my Ambassador Team cross the bridge at the end.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

My biggest FEAR is that something will happen to one of my 'little chicks' (my team-mates). A fall, someone gets sick...I just couldn't bear it.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

I have been 'fortunate' in not having to go through the horrific journey of cancer. I have seen friends and family affected by this brutal disease, and wanted to give back. So I now volunteer at Wellspring Calgary, which is a highlight of my blessed life. I believe the BEST people in the world are at Wellspring.

If you have cancer, what is your diagnosis?: 

I have not had 'real cancer', meaning I have not had to go through chemo, radiation, and had my life turned upside down. But, I have had 2 types of skin cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma and Basel cell carcinoma. No big deal...but I now know my body can make 2 kinds of cancer cells...I don't like that!!

What treatments have you undergone?: 

Just minor surgery to have them removed.

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

REALLY, do you really want to know what I would say?? Sorry you won't be able to print this...I'd say "F#@K YOU CANCER...AND YOUR MOTHER WEARS ARMY BOOTS!!"

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

I think if Jo/Trudy/Heather/Dad... HAD to go through chemotherapy then I CAN do this, I WILL DO THIS!! They didn't have a choice...I do and I am going to do it. Then I think happy thoughts...the mountains, the blue sky/ocean, my husband and 3 boys...

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