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Please Support My 6th Ride to Conquer Cancer
Welcome to my Personal Page! The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation is a 2-day 230 km cycling journey along the majestic Canadian Rockies that I'm embarking on to fight cancer. Proceeds will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at the Alberta Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and treatment.
On the basis of current incidence rates, almost 40% of Canadian women and almost 45% of Canadian men will develop cancer during their lifetimes. On the basis of current mortality rates, approximately 1 out of every 4 Canadians will die from cancer! Those stats are too high. Let's help the Alberta Cancer Foundation achieve its mission - a cancer-free future. One way to help by supporting the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
I participated in the inaugural 2009 Ride with great pride in memory and honour of my youngest brother, Howie, who passed away at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre on March 31, 2009. He lost a valiant struggle against the cancer that had spread through his body after surgery for esophageal cancer and subsequent chemotherapy. I subsequently participated in the 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016 Rides. I was registered for the 2012 Ride but had a cycling accident that spring and wasn't able to take part.
To date, the eight Alberta Rides have raised over $60 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. With your support of my Rides, including 2012, we raised more than $34 thousand. We can do more.
The money raised by the Ride will enable the Alberta Cancer Foundation to directly support patients and families at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and 15 cancer centres throughout Alberta and move us closer to our vision to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.
Even though I'm getting older and finding the Rides more difficult, I have decided to do more by participating in the 2017 Ride on the August 12-13 weekend. My struggles on the Ride are small compared to the challenges faced those who have been told "you have cancer". I dedicate my 2017 Ride to Howie and to many friends and relatives who have faced or are still battling this terrible disease.
Please support my 2017 Ride by clicking on the "DONATE NOW" button at the top of this page to make a secure online donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Or, if you prefer, you may print a donation form by clicking on the following link and then mailing your donation to the Foundation. All donors will receive a Canadian tax receipt.
Thank you in advance for your help.
The 2016 Ride was a Huge Success
The 2016 RTCC, on the August 6-7 weekend, was a huge success. Collectively the 1,402 participants raised $6.35 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The event has raised more than $60 million since the inaugural Alberta ride in 2009. With my donors' contributions we raised $5,000 in 2016 and more than $34,000 over the six years that I have participated.
The Ride began early Saturday morning at Canada Olympic Park and took us west through Bragg Creek, then south and east through Priddis, Turner Valley and Black Diamond before ending in Okotoks on Saturday afternoon. Day 1 covered 114 km with 776 m of elevation gain. Most of the riders stayed at the camp in Okotoks Friday night and had to endure lightning, thunder and heavy downpours. I was glad that Bonnie picked me up in Okotoks so I could sleep in my own bed. She was a great support through the entire weekend. Day 2 reversed our route from Okotoks back to Canada Olympic Park - another 114 km with 890 m of elevation gain.
Overall the weather was pretty good. It was cool on Saturday (good) with a few light showers (no real problem) and little wind (also good). Sunday started with some fairly heavy fog near Black Diamond. It was so humid that I couldn't keep my cycling glasses from fogging up. But the fog cleared and we had mostly clear skies the rest of the way. We did have a strong headwind from the east for the last 20 km into Calgary on our way to COP. We didn't need any extra suffering but got it anyway. I was really glad to see the COP ski jumps as I approached the end. The cold beer at the finish was GREAT!!!!!!!!!
The Ride was truly inspiring and a profound experience. I was hugely impressed by the number of riders who are cancer survivors and the riders who are still undergoing cancer treatment. I feel my emotions well up when I think of them and feel very fortunate to be in good health and able to participate in this event.
I was pleased to ride this year as a member of the One Aim cycling club and cycling team. The team's leader, Dr. Nigel Brockton, is a two-time cancer survivor and cancer researcher. I respect him greatly. And by joining One Aim I have many new friends and cycling buddies all aligned in a common cause - conquering cancer.
After the 2016 Ride, I asked myself: am I going to do it again; am I getting too old? The Ride is tough with big hills and can include strong headwinds. But I always knew these obstacles were temporary and had a clear vision of the finish. Those fighting cancer face big hills and headwinds 24/7 with uncertainty about the outcome. My challenges during the Ride are pretty small compared to theirs. So on balance I decided to register for the 2017 Ride and hope I can continue to have the support of my many donors.
by Bob Dunbar on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 5:35 PM
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