To The Max
TEAM TO THE MAX rides in honour of Max Rose, and everybody who has been touched by cancer.
In the fall of 2008 Max was diagnosed with stage four adrenal cortical carcinoma, an extreamly rare and aggressive cancer originating in the cortex of the adrenal gland. Effects include Tumors, Cushing's syndrome and Primary aldosteronism.
Through many rounds of Chemotherapy Max never lost a hair on his stubborn red head, but eventually died in his home in North Vancouver on May 31st 2010. He was a Father, a Husband, a Son, a Brother.
TEAM TO THE MAX attacks alleys, lanes, trails, roads, paths, highways, seawalls, boulevards, hills, turns, switch-backs and mountains (speedbumps) the same way cancer has attacked our loved ones, swift, fast, aggressive, and without mercy.
In 2011 Seattle wasn't enough for us, so we (Connor Knickerbocker and Shane Devine) strapped on our panniers at the finish line, and continued battling speedbumps all the way to San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge was our victory lap.
In 2012 we were 22 riders, in 2013- 26 riders, in 2014- 41, and in 2015 71 To The Max riders crossed the finish line.
Our grand total for fundraising since 2009 is over $800,000.00 benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation
But our victory lap in the battle against cancer hasn't happened yet. The fight is on-going. The goal is simple, the goal is huge; to end cancer in our lifetime.
We will have our victory lap.
TEAM TO THE MAX rides because Cooper and Fisher shouldn't have to grow up without a father.
TEAM TO THE MAX rides because Grandpa Ron, Father Chris and Mother Kate shouldn't have to go to their offsprings funeral.
TEAM TO THE MAX rides because Stefanie shouldn't have to raise Cooper and Fisher without her husband.
TEAM TO THE MAX rides because (insert your story here)
So please, Join us! Ride with us! Battle cancer with us!
In 2017 TEAM TO THE MAX will bike to Seattle for the 8th year in a row.
We are so thankful for all the experiences the Ride has given us and all the wonderful people we have met along the way.
Connor Knickerbocker, Shane Devine and Dayne Jackson