My beautiful daughter died from CF in March 2010 and I am riding in GearUp4CF this year in her memory.

Eva was a fighter and inspiration to all that knew her. In 2008 I rode in GearUp4CF to celebrate her successful recovery from a double lung transplant that allowed Eva to once again live her life to the fullest. Only months after the surgery, she joined the team in Invermere, painting our faces and cheering us on with her pom-poms in her self-appointed role as chief cheerleader.

This year I will be 65 years old on the ride. That is why I am calling this ride 65 for65Roses; partly because of my age, partly because 65 Roses is a malapropism of Cystic Fibrosis, partly because my daughter’s blog was called 65 RedRoses, and also because I hope to reach the very lofty goal of raising $65,000.

Training to ride for 1200 km over multiple mountain passes to Banff will be very difficult; raising these funds will be just as much of a challenge. Here is where I need your help. Please donate to my ride and help contribute to Eva’s legacy to raise critical funds for CF research and awareness.

Sunday 30 March 2014

A Big Thank You

The last few days have been incredible. The 65for 65Roses campaign received a huge boost as it was covered extensively in both our community newspapers. We have now received over $11,000 in donations much of it this last week. Donations came from family, friends, neighbours, hockey and cycling buddies, Eva's friends both real and virtual and many, many donors who I simply don't know. I know that many donated in honour of Eva's 4th anniversary since her death, so for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has been a roller coaster few days and yet your support both emotional and financial has been a balm to my soul. Thank you again!

I've added a photo from our 2008 trip.


  1. The photos make me happy. She truly was a special angel that belonged to such an amazing family. Eva blew me away with her strength and determination, but Bill, you and your family continue to amaze me and I can see where Eva's strength came from.
    Keep up the good fight.
    Kim (uk)

  2. I second your post Kim, Eva made an indelible impression on me and I think of her everyday.