2007 Ride

2007 brings a new year and a new ride. This years ride will be an approximately 500 km ride from Edmonton, AB to Lethbridge, AB.

The focus of this ride is again, two fold.

September is prostate caner awareness month....so prostate cancer awareness will again be a focus, especially in the Edmonton to Calgary areas. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men. In 2007, an estimated 22,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,300 will die of it. On average, 429 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 83 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer every week. One in 8 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime, mostly after age 60. One in 27 will die of it. These are facts from the Canadian Cancer Society. 95% of prostate cancer is cureable, but only 33% of those cases are discovered early enough to be cured. To increase the cure rate, we have to be tested early and on a yearly basis. We again will be promoting yearly testing of men in the 30-40 year old range.... If you have a family history of prostate cancer, or are in a high risk group, you should be tested earlier (closer to 30 years old).... Of course, it wouldn't hurt for all men to be tested starting at 30 years of age. The good news is that researchers are working on more accurate tests.

The second focus of the ride is to spread awareness of the need for radiation units in Lethbridge. Each year hundreds if not thousands of Lethbridge and area residents have radiation treatments. To recieve these treatments they must travel to Calgary (Tom Baker Cancer Centre). The treatments are usually daily over a period of time. In my case, I had 36 treatments over a 7 1/2 week period. Treatments require a trip to the Baker Centre every day for approximately 15-20 minutes...treatments last much less than that... Patients either travel to and from Calgary every day, or they move up to Calgary for the weekday treatments or for the entire time of their treatments. Radiation treatments have a number of side effects...those side effects make staying in Calgary a common occurance. I know I would rather have been at home during this period....I'm sure most others think the same. At home I would have been around my family and friends, in my own home, my own bed, with my own routine. I was lucky to have family in Calgary...but it still would have been far easier on my wife, kids and myself had I been home.

So, with the help of the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation who will be collecting donations and sending out Tax reciepts, and a number of individuals, groups and businesses, we will be raising money to go towards the proposed radiation units at the Chinook (Lethbridge) Regional Hospital.

We HOPE you will help by making a donation today.

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2006 Ride

The Cycle for Life ride took me from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL. I left on May 15th as planned. The Prostate Center organized a 'Send Off' for me. It was great to have the support of everyone that day. I was very nervous and excited. It was the beginning of an amazing adventure for me and helped me make it to the end. With the support of fire fighters from everywhere we travelled (and even places we didn't get to) I managed to arrived in St. John's, NL on July 23rd exactly as planned. The trip is chronicled in my blog so I won't duplicate it here.

Along the way I was able to visit numerous fire halls. These stops enabled me to share my story with firefighters and others. Talking to groups of people was a new experience for me.... one that became easier with time. They all made me feel comfortable and for the most part I believe that many of them took my message to heart. I know a lot of the younger guys were wondering why they should be tested so early (from 30 years old and on) but I think after we talked they had a better understanding. How many will actually follow through with annual PSA and prostate exams I don't know. Hopefully a large percentage. We need to take care of ourselves so that we can do our jobs and be there for our families.

Cycle for Life wouldn't have been possible except for the great support I received. Thor Industries and Cruise Canada/America supplied my support vehicle - a 28 foot motorhome. It was great to have as we spent a number of nights in it.... and it was needed throughout the days as a place to eat, rest and recouperate out of the elements. It also carried all my bike supplies - pretty much a bike shop on wheels. Thanks to Ascent Cycle in Lethbridge for that. The drivers and support people were all members from the Lethbridge Fire Department. It was great to have them along as familiar faces. I appreciate all the time they took away from their families and friends to help out. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed having them along. Without their support it would have been impossible. While I was on the road a group of volunteers also kept on organizing and contacting people to set things up for us. They did an amazing job. The support crews and I were also taken care of by fire fighters across the country.... We were fed, put up at night and welcomed into their homes. To all of you THANKS for taking care of us!

If you want to see a list and rough map of the ride, click on this link.

Route Map

Click on the following link to see the proposed route with dates.

Route List