One girl. One Dream. End Cancer.
SUPPORT ME ON THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER
CLAUDIA BELLIVEAU, 21, Montreal.
This year I will participating in my 6th The Ride to Conquer Cancer. Biking from Montreal to Quebec City alongside my dad Tom Belliveau and Team Hope and Gratitude. As I pedal along the beautiful countryside I will have all lost, fighting, and surviving cancer patients in my heart. Especially, Salvatore Scalia who lost his 5 year battle on May 27th, leaving his beautiful family behind. This year, I will be allocating my raised funds to the gastrointestinal cancer fund at the Segal Cancer Center, where Sam was treated for colorectal cancer by Dr. Petr Kavan.
Last year on my fifth year fundraising for the ride to conquer cancer, I had a very special person in my mind and in my heart as I trained, fundraised and pedalled from Montreal to Quebec City. Our good family friend and a strong supporter from day one, Michel Sauvé was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, his last tests came back as negative and he is on his road to recovery. Seeing him go through something so difficult with such positivity and such strength, pushed me to partake in the ride again this year.
Ever since my father first started cycling towards a better future in 2009, I wanted to be a part of it. My cousin Cody, a cancer survivor, rode alongside him in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, I turned 16 and participated in my first Ride to Conquer Cancer with Team Finish Strong. Since then I have fundraised each year, but had to sit out in 2015 due to an ankle injury. Last year's ride was the most greuling thing I've ever been through both physically and mentally. It was my first time leaving the start line in Repentigny without a very special person by my side. The weather was brutal, hitting us from every angle with cold, wind and rain. Although difficult, I crossed the finish line alongside my father (Team Finish Strong) and some friends from Team Hope and Gratitude.
2012 - $2,552.21
2013 - $2,741.50
2014 - $3,104
2015 - $1,975
2016 - $2,775
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is not my first initiative to help the members of the community who suffer from cancer. In grade 5, at just 10 years old, I donated 10 inches of my long brown hair to the Locks of Love Foundation. Three years ago, at 17 years old, I donated another 14 inches of hair. I have also participated in many fundraisers in and out of school of for various organizations.
As I grow up I realize that cancer is something that touches so many people every day. Even if no one in your family is affected by it, sadly someone you know will be affected because 2 out of every 5 Canadians will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. My dream is to help as much as I can to try to find a cure for cancer. I truly believe that with the help of all of you, a cure can be found by the time that I'm 40 years old.
Thank you so much in advance for your generous donations, and know that every dollar counts.
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