Stories

Steve Cohen is a veteran Rider, who is participating in his eleventh Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 2019. In the past ten years, Team Steve’s Cycle Paths have collectively raised over $6.4 million dollars.

Read Steve’s personal statement about Team Steve’s Cycle Paths below:

“The Ride to Conquer Cancer is an awesome weekend experience, but joining a team (the right team) takes the ride to another level. The camaraderie, support and lifelong friendships that we’ve developed only enhance the experience. Whether it be having a group of riders to train with, or fellow riders to fund-raise in the community with, when we all have on the same jersey it connects us on another level.

Not only is Steve’s Cycle Paths the best team because we raise the most money and have the most riders, it’s because we’ve created a community of passionate people, and that’s what makes a difference. If you want to join us, we really hope you do, everyone is welcome.”

Dara Sheridan is participating in her fourth Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She chose to sign up in 2016 after her cousin, Ryan, was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal and liver cancer. Last year, Dara registered to Ride with the official Team RyGuy and they will embark on their second adventure together in 2019!

Why do you ride as a team?

“I choose to ride as a team for the support, comradery, and motivation it provides. When I first signed up for the Ride 3 years ago, being part of a team made me feel like I had support from others who knew what to expect and helped me prepare for the unknown. Fundraising and training as a group is not only more fun than doing it solo, but it brings you closer to your teammates and creates bonds with people you might not have met otherwise. Knowing other people are in the same boat as you, in terms of fundraising and training, helps keep you motivated to push forward. I continue to ride as a team as it is an amazing experience to be part of a group all with a common goal.”

What’s the best part about riding with Team RyGuy?

“The best part about riding with Team RyGuy is the simple fact that the team was formed to honour Ryan. It’s amazing to see the group that’s come together in just 1 year; friends and family of his who are motivated to both physically ride side by side, but also fundraise together to raise money for cancer research. We’re doing something positive him his name and it is one of the many ways we keep his memory alive.”

What are you looking forward to, as a team, during the 2019 Ride?

“I’m looking forward to spending another weekend bonding as a team, riding side by side, cheering each other on, pushing each other up the hills, having fun at camp and crossing the finish line together!”

Maurice Abbey is doing The Ride for the first time in 2018, alongside his colleagues on Team Paramedics For a Cure.

Maurice was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013—just after he completed the orientation for his first job as a paramedic. Maurice describes the event by saying, “It was like congratulations, welcome to being a paramedic. Oh, by the way, here is your cancer diagnosis.”

Age thirty-three, an ex-personal trainer, and no family history of cancer, the diagnosis was not only devastating but also appalling. And after years of preparation to be a paramedic, in that moment Maurice was more afraid of losing his first job than his life.

No stranger to hard work, Maurice persevered and studied through his surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. Today he rides alongside his colleagues on Team Paramedics For a Cure—also riding in honour of his grandfather who lost his battle to prostate cancer in 1987. While he is yet to be cancer-free, Maurice is currently responding well to one of the clinical trials at The Princess Margaret. He says that his participation in The Ride is his way of not only radiating positivity but also a way for him to give back to the organization that works arduously to give him a “tomorrow.”

“This is a first for me but I feel it is time that I step forward and be a part of this event. In the past I have had my thoughts on where are the funds from events like these actual really going? I have thought of the countless participants who have taken part of these events and raised so much for the ’cause’, without the ’cause’ being conquered. I like, so many others have been affected by this disease personally, and continue my personal journey to cross the finish line with arms raised high. So why now am I sharing this personal journey with others? Well it is something that I have omitted in the past due to some personally miss construed belief that shame follows those personally affected with the disease and refusing to realize the actual necessity connecting with others is needed for healing. With this personal success I hope to also, through this connection, aid others on their own personal journey, with their own personal finish lines.

The cure in my mind lies somewhere between the human bodies own immune system and resetting, not eliminating, its ability to eliminate the dysfunctional cells. Princess Margaret, I believe is starting to venture down this pathway with the clinical studies involving Immunotherapy treatment. I am thankful to be a part of this journey but want it to one day be accessible to everyone, not just individuals whom have failed… or better yet for whom previous ‘treatments’ have failed them while on other protocols.

Caro Curlette is Team Captain of #ONEBRAIN.

Co-owning a business with only three employees—two of which are her and her husband—the fundraising goal terrified her more so than the actual Ride itself. Nonetheless, Caro has managed to surpass the goal, with her latest confirmed total being $2508.00.

How did she manage to raise $2500?

Initially daunted by the fundraising task, Caro was met with a heap of luck from selling things as mundane as socks to something as awesome as Blue Jays tickets. With each dollar contributed, she grew more and more confident as she saw herself inching closer to the fundraising Finish Line. Today, Caro says that without the continuous support of her Ride teammate Caro, she doesn’t know if she would have been able to amass enough motivation to see The Ride journey through. To her, the most important thing about the Ride is having a buddy to share it with.

“The Ride was amazing. It was so hard but we definitely had an unforgettable experience. There were times when we just felt so done and then we’d see our girls (best pit crew ever) or strangers with signs who were cheering you on and it gave you such a boost to keep going. After a long hard stretch on Day 2, there was a sign that said “PMH saved my life” and wow—it was at a moment that I needed to see that. The other amazing thing was the bikes lined up at night with all the survivor flags. It was a beautiful site. Caro and I talked to so many people. The volunteers were incredible and the other riders were all helpful and friendly and supportive. Also, the waffles were the best (I have got to find out where they are from). It really was a life-changing weekend. I’m so glad I was a part of it.”

Abby Micks was diagnosed with melanoma on June 9, 2011— exactly seven years from when she will embark on the epic Ride event as Captain of Team La Vie.

For three years, Abby’s family doctor dismissed a black patch on her leg. However, as the mark began to spread, Abby was to discover in due time that the spot was in fact cancer in its most severe state. While doctors at the time were highly concerned about the severity of her disease, she has continued to defy all odds. Abby credits her now good health to remaining physically active and taking on new challenges. For 2018, Abby’s challenge is the over 200-kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer.

No stranger to cancer, Abby’s close family members have been affected by cancer. In addition, her close cousin—who acted as a brotherly-figure—passed just weeks before The 2018 Ride due to the disease. His last words to her were, “Have a good ride Abby!” In June, Abby and her Team La Vie will ride in his memory, with his name placed inside a heart in the centre of their custom-made team jerseys.

“I was diagnosed with melanoma on June 9, the exact date of The Ride this year and every June, I do something special that is beyond my physical ability,” said Abby Micks, first year rider from Toronto.

“I have been on a six-year long cancer journey and I’ve beaten all my statistics. That is why I am so dedicated to cycling in this event. Despite my personal battle, I am also riding for family members who have been affected by the disease. In the last few weeks, my closest cousin, who was like a brother, lost his battle. His last words to me were, ‘Have a good ride Abby!’ To honour him, my financée and I formed team La Vie to celebrate life. It’s an unpredictable journey but worth every curve ball we are handed!” Micks added.

Lara was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. What’s unique about her story is that Lara conquered her battle by getting to the “other side” of her battle.

Age thirty-seven, a sports enthusiast, and with no family history of cancer, the diagnosis was not only devastating but also appalling. But it was the moment her friend told her “It’s not why you, it’s why not you,” that changed her cancer journey forever.

Those eight words resonated a desire within her to adamantly kick cancer in the butt. Despite the surgeries, treatments and fear of unknown, Lara was not going to let cancer take away her sparkle and smile. Instead of “taking a break,” as most doctors’ might recommend, her remedy to chemotherapy and radiation was channeled through spin classes and amazingly enough, the Ironman triathlon. Just 16-months after her diagnosis, Lara completed her first full Ironman.

Watch more of Lara’s Breast Cancer Story here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z90bydnQanQ&feature=youtu.be

LOREIM IPSUM DOLOR

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus consequat orci ultricies sapien placerat, nec gravida nibh volutpat. Donec eu nulla arcu. Ut ultrices in turpis fermentum suscipit. Etiam venenatis justo ac luctus dapibus. Proin lorem ligula, luctus sed venenatis id, interdum commodo est. Donec tempus suscipit arcu, at pellentesque diam rhoncus ac. Sed vitae ipsum maximus, semper felis id, tristique tortor. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

Phasellus consequat orci ultricies sapien placerat, nec gravida nibh volutpat. Donec eu nulla arcu. Ut ultrices in turpis fermentum suscipit. Etiam venenatis justo ac luctus dapibus. Proin lorem ligula, luctus sed venenatis id, interdum commodo est. Donec tempus suscipit arcu, at pellentesque diam rhoncus ac. Sed vitae ipsum maximus, semper felis id, tristique tortor. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus consequat orci ultricies sapien placerat, nec gravida nibh volutpat. Donec eu nulla arcu. Ut ultrices in turpis fermentum suscipit. Etiam venenatis justo ac luctus dapibus. Proin lorem ligula, luctus sed venenatis id, interdum commodo est. Donec tempus suscipit arcu, at pellentesque diam rhoncus ac. Sed vitae ipsum

LOREM IPSUM DOLOR

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus consequat orci ultricies sapien placerat, nec gravida nibh volutpat. Donec eu nulla arcu. Ut ultrices in turpis fermentum suscipit.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus consequat orci ultricies sapien placerat, nec gravida nibh volutpat. Donec eu nulla arcu. Ut ultrices in turpis fermentum suscipit.

LOREM IPSUM DOLOR

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus consequat orci ultricies sapien placerat, nec gravida nibh volutpat. Donec eu nulla arcu. Ut ultrices in turpis fermentum suscipit.

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Start typing and press Enter to search