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FIND SOMETHING THAT INSPIRES You!
Here at SOS we feel that it’s important to find something in life that inspires and motivates you. In 2016 my wife and I decided we wanted to help raise money for childhood cancer research. We also wanted to send a message to the children who were currently in treatment against the disease. This led us to the Coast to Coast against Cancer Foundation and to us becoming members of the National Kids Cancer Ride. The National Kids Cancer Ride is one of the most challenging, decorated and ambitious charity cycling events in the world benefiting childhood cancer research. To become members of the team we were asked to become ambassadors for the foundation, commit to a rigorous training regime, fundraise $15,000 individually, and finally to cycle across Canada during the month of September. At the time this seemed near impossible and I began to question if we had potentially bitten off a little more than we could chew. While my wife and I have always tried to stay active, we were far from cyclists and didn’t even own proper road bikes. However, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once said, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough’.
That September we cycled 7,000 kilometres, from Vancouver to Halifax in 28 days. As a team we visited almost 200 communities and many of the 17 pediatric cancer facilities in Canada. Together we inspired hope, learned about the amazing work by cancer professionals across Canada, enjoyed the warmth and comfort offered by the entire Canadian community and fell in love with the numerous towns and cities we visited on our journey. The National Kids Cancer Ride has been in existence for 9 years and in that time it has raised over $11 million, visited over 300 communities, had over 350 cyclists and over 200 volunteers. Yes, it’s a challenge to ride 250 km per day, for 28 days in a row. And yes, it’s a challenge to individually raise $15,000 in support of kids with cancer. Yet, since 2008, more than 200 riders have signed up, ridden the distance, raised the funds and made a difference. The moral is that no matter what it may be it is important to find something in life that motivates and inspires you! Make a goal, write it down, remove away any distractions and work towards achieving it!
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