Why?

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.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Spin-a-Thon

Sharron Bates of Global TV organized and hosted a GearUp4CF Spin-a-Thon on Friday May 2 which was hugely successful. 15 riders were present and at 6 am. we started spinning. Every 40 minutes we were broadcast live on morning Global TV. Walter Brennen and I all had a chance to bring out what it is like to be involved in CF as parents, Paul Underhill tales about leading a much different life as as a lung transplant recipient and Mike Hamilton discussed his life as a young adult coping and living with CF. We had 3 volunteers leading us out  on our 4 hour spin class including Michel Pelletier from my Vancouver Velovet club who covered the last two hours. As the start to CF awareness month we also had a young CF child Luka on the show. We raised over 5,000 dollars that day through the CF office and my personal donations also climbed significantly. Good work to all the riders , the volunteers, and to Sharron for her hard work not only organizing the event but being behind the camera.

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