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.

Friday 14 March 2014


Joan, our GearUp4CF2014 team captain  had a significant accident on Wednesday while cycling in California where she and a friend were on a training trip/holiday. "Stitches in my face and elbow. Torn ligaments in my hand and a broken finger. Cracked ribs. I am a mess but being well taken care off”.

She was attended to quickly  and had an MRI and CTscan,  did not get knocked out and did not suffer a concussion. The accident happened when she was going downhill (not that fast) and hit a small boulder on the road. She is on her way home to Whistler for some rest and recuperation

Not good news at all and a cautionary note to be very careful out there when you are on your bike.


  1. Oh gosh! So sorry to hear that. As a mountain bike kinda lady, I know that you don't have to be at top speed to rattle yourself up pretty bad. :( I don't know how you guys do it on cruddy road shoulders with the wee tires.

    1. It certainly is a challenge, particularly in the spring when there is all the winter crud on the shoulders and the roads are in bad shape. But the pleasure of riding on a lightweight bike that that responds like a sports car makes it worthwhile most of the time.