I've been asked to post this here; this was my FB Post. I'm a bit of a techninolocal simpleton, so I tend not to venture outside FB...but I figured out my user name and password, and can now post:

My 10th R2S is in the books. This was Michael’s 5th as a rider, plus two others volunteering. It was Aaliyah’s first on crew.

This was probably my most special, especially given that up to about two weeks ago I didn’t expect to be riding. Since last year’s R2S, I’ve taken time away from any form of racing or structured training. Too much going on at home and the business to stuff anything else into the stress box. That said, moving to Whistler means a lot of days on skis or mountain bikes or a nice open water swim. Finding a reasonable level of fitness wasn’t an issue. Spending sufficient time on an actual road bike was. It hasn’t been on the road really except for a short couple of spins in Fort Langley. Nothing like the training needed for R2S.

I told Michael I’d ride if he could raise $5K for us as a team. Each rider needs to raise $2500.00. I have always been a reluctant fundraiser. I’ll tell my story and the story that is R2S, and hope for the best. For some folks it comes easy, for me, never easy. I can ride a bike, though, and help other riders and better fundraisers to get through the hard day that is R2S. I always go in with that purpose.

Apparently Michael is a natural. He spent 50 hours 50 feet in the air in a scissor lift with two other R2S dudes, and together with a solid team on the ground they raised $20K. He was non-stop talking to the crowd through a loudspeaker, engaging, funny, and basically did something I’d never feel comfortable doing myself. After that weekend, it was pretty obvious I’d be riding.

The original plan was for me to work on crew with my oldest daughter, Aaliyah, and Michael’s friend Amanda. This meant I was leaving them to their own devices. It was special having Aaliyah with us. She has been busy at her dance recitals the last 10 years, unable to participate. Plus, she was too young to do it without a parent. This year, she’s 16, hard working and independent. She got herself a Kunzli pass to volunteer this year.

Aaliyah has never sat in the rider meeting the night before, and she experienced what we all do- hearing stories of loved ones taken too soon by cancers. It’s incredibly emotional, you learn about some of the horror stories your teammates have lived through, and it brings the whole team- riders and crew- together. It hit her hard, just like it hit Michael hard 7 years ago.

I had a great day on the bike. Before I knew it, we were pedaling into the last leg and I still felt great, finishing off another 400KM day by the time we rolled into the welcome home at 11:30. I just did my normal thing; looked for people to help, and killed the long day chatting with anyone next to me. Somehow, either my fitness or experience in this event, got me through...but...I also think it was the pride I had in my children. Watching Michael lead a group of adults many years beyond his 18, help others, and generally ride like a man worthy of the radio he wore was very peaceful. Seeing Aaliyah every stop, feeding riders, helping others, spraying them down with sun screen or bug spray, and working her ass off for the cause was just something I looked forward to seeing every couple of hours. Mostly, I’m happy that she has now seen for herself why I’ve had to miss those recitals. She understood before, but now she’s lived it. She has a huge heart.

I’ve always said it takes a village. I’m very grateful to Vicki and Kerry Kunzli for allowing my kids to be involved in such meaningful ways. Michael has grown up under the watchful eyes and strong mentorship of so many great leaders at R2S. Kerry, Vicki, Emilio, Rich, Surinder...an endless list. Aaliyah is now getting a taste of the same Kool-Aid. R2S is some pretty damn good Kool-Aid.

Oh, as of today we are at $615,000.00 Not bad for a band of 120 riders and a solid volunteer crew. 100% goes to research. Not one penny taken for administration. Research saves lives, and I do this for the next generation. My kids’ generation. Thanks to all who donated.

~Mike Meade Sr.

 

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The Ripple Effect

When you start something like Ride2Survive, you don’t really know where it will go or what effect it will have.

Ride2Survive is like that. We started as just a crazy long, hard ride and to raise awareness and some money for the cancer cause. That first one in 2005 inspired us to repeat it and make it better and bigger not knowing what could or would happen.

Years later we look out to the ripples as they steadily move and spread out, impacting more people all the time. These are some of the ripples:

  • Your donations of $7M to research has moved diagnosis and treatment along to make outcomes better.
  • Families have changed as parents and children take part in an entirely volunteer event… we have seen kids "grow up" in Ride2Survive.
  • Some families have been created out of relationships started at Ride2Survive
  • Many, many members now ride or do other physical / athletic activities who never did until they got involved in Ride2Survive.
  • Many members have never volunteered for anything until they took part in Ride2Survive and now they are contributing back in other areas of their community.
  • The pride in our crew and riders who fully understand what “all volunteer” really means along with what can be accomplished with no costs coming out of donor dollars.
  • The effect of a ride-by visit to a cancer fighter is impossible to describe except that we have been to several funerals for some of those fighters and while the ride-by visit was only 10 or 15 minutes of their whole life, we see pictures of the ride-by and the Ride2Survive impact at the funeral along-side their whole life story. How can that be?  But it is.
  • The year after year buy-in from the many businesses who fully donate goods to help us operate the event because they know and want all the donors' money going to researchers, not costs.

Perhaps the best way to describe the ripple effect from this 'thing' we call Ride2Survive are the words we have heard many times; "you have changed my life".

If you would care to make a donation please go to http://cancer.ca/ride2survive and select a rider/volunteer to donate to.

And if you've read this far, just to show you how it hits home, we just got word this evening (Wed, June 20th) that one of our very strong riders from last year has been moved into hospice today. One year from no problem to hospice. His wife, who rode with us as well, says he's fought enough and it is time to rest… we can't imagine.

And if all that isn’t clear, sometime, just ask any of our team why we do Ride2Survive…

Follow us, live, on ride day this Saturday June 23rd at http://ride2survive.ca

Kerry and Vicki Kunzli 

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The Ride2Survive - it's not about me, it's not about you, it's not about him, it's not about her, it's not about the riders, it's not about the crew, It's about all of US, working and fighting TOGETHER as a TEAM, as a FAMILY.

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It's one week to go before I get on my bike for my first ever R2S! So to celebrate this weeks count down, and the fact I just got my jersey, I issued out a challenge to all my friends and family because no one stops fundraising ever. As Kerry & Vicki say the riding is secondary, it's the fundraisng that counts.

I've already raised another $205 in 12hrs using this challenge so I challenge you all to do the same...I have no doubt I'll get beyond my $400 easy peesy.

If we all raised another $400 before ride day it would be another $50,000...now I'm just a hockey player by trade but that's math even I can understand!

Here is my social media post and a link to it here: https://www.facebook.com/brooke.s.brooks.1/posts/10160716791090413?comment_id=10160717410895413&reply_comment_id=10160720818830413¬if_id=1529266003838696¬if_t=feed_comment 

Ok peeps I’ve got a CHALLENGE for ya and I need your help. In 7 short days I will be putting this butt, wearing this jersey, on a bike seat for 18 short hours. 400km in 1 day. 1. That’s a lot o’ bike seat...
Help me raise $400 in the next 7 days before I go. That’s $1 for every KM. It all goes to cancer research and who doesn’t know someone impacted by this awful disease. Dig deep. No donation is too small. I’ll take $5 if that’s all you got. Click here http://convio.cancer.ca/…/…/Otherspecialevents/IFE_BC_even_… to donate now! And if I can’t get $400 more for my ride than the next boomerang will be of Ryan in my R2S bike shorts. You’ve been warned. You can also go to www.ride2survive.ca and search for my name Ride2Survive #ride2survive

Brooke R2S Challenge

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