Spinning in their Spirit
2016 wasn't a great year for my tribe. We lost a courageous aunt to breast cancer in the fall and found out simultaneously that our other aunt's breast cancer had returned. She is currently fighting hard.
Cancer wasn't a stranger to us, it had already taken an aunt and is the reason we have two less grandparents in our lives, their beautiful souls taken far too young.
Frustrated and upset when I heard the news, a Facebook post popped up in my newsfeed, as if by fate. It was an announcement by a friend who had lost her mother to cancer, she was going to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Inspired, I decided to sign up...I may have jumped the gun when I realized it was 125km a day but you know what? People with cancer don't have a choice to back down.
If my loved ones challenged cancer, my zero-experience self has no excuse and I aim to use this journey to spread love, awareness and ride in solidarity with those who have been affected by the disease.
Forms of help can be by donation, joining my team, training with me, morale support through candy, pats on the back and many, many hugs when I truly realize how difficult this is going to be.
This is for aunty Fatima (keep fighting!), aunty Vera, aunty Kaltham, Grandad and Bibi
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Play it Again Tunes up Old Yeller
A proud owner of my first road bike it was time to get 'Old Yeller' ready for the road.
Knowing she would need a tune-up I approached a few local cycle stores with my story and a request for help as the remainder of my bike budget was depleted after purchasing the bike.
Two visits in, one questionable, where I was definitely taken advantage of with my lack of education in cycling and almost convinced to have to purchase new pedals as what I had just simply wouldn't work - I heard back from Jason at Play it Again Sports.
Familiar with this store as I frequently need gear for all kinds of sports I was amazed at their response as they kindly offered me a complimentary tune-up along with discount on any gear I might need.
In a 'what a small world' episode I found out that the bike mechanic was friends with a girl who was doing her first ever ride too and after chatting for a few minutes realized I had actually bumped into her earlier this year when she approached my store for a donation (which of course was given as I was all about the Ride!) and he put us in contact.
I came out of Play it Again Sports with a tuned-up bike, shoes, gloves and a potential new cycling buddy. Talk about fate!
I can't recommend these guys enough, Brad (the mechanic) was very easy to talk to, broke down information on what I would need and gave me additional advice. He assured me I definitely did not need new pedals and fixed up Old Yeller in less than a week!
It is people like Jason and Brad that make you want to come back to support a local store after receiving such great and honest service!
Thanks again Play It Again Sports!
by Shereen Abbas on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 1:15 PM
A Pet Photo Shoot Leads to a Bike!
Who would of thought a bike might be a necessity for the Ride to Conquer Cancer? Remember when I said I jumped the gun?
And not just your run of the mill, hipster, basket-attached, cruiser bike (which I own and love).
A wonderful person by the name of Shelley Woods, was kind enough to donate a road bike at an unbelievable price to help me on this journey when she heard of my plans. This meant it was time to get creative and create a bike fundraiser, and what better way than to do a pet photo shoot?
It is amazing what help comes your way when you ask the right person. After sending a "Would you help take some pictures?" text to a good friend, Jamie Cottington of Pinstripe Productions, within one day he had arranged a photoshoot with photography students at the Centre of Arts and Technology in Kelowna.
The two volunteer photographers (thank-you!), Danielle Gillard and Robyn McKenny, were ready and what ensued was an afternoon of amusement and hilarity as they snapped images of pets and their owners to help the cause. My jaw ached for hours from the belly laughs.
Appreciation must be noted to those who took the busy time out of their Sunday to support me and make this event a success. Without such wonderful subjects, the shoot would not have happened and to those who donated, I thank-you!
So, I now have a bike. The extra funds raised are to go towards pedal shoes and the remainder is to be donated towards my online fundraising page goal, which currently sits at almost 40% complete.
May it be noted that if I decide to give the bike away in the future, it will go to someone like myself, who needed it for a positive cause. If sold, the money received will be donated back towards the Cancer Foundation.
Thanks again to all those who made my first fundraiser a success!
by Shereen Abbas on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 2:10 PM
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