Welcome to the page of The Mighty Tricyclist!
Nothing about Cancer is easy,
So why should the Ride be?
Welcome to the Personal Page of the maniac with the adult trike! I have Ataxia (a progressively degenerative neuro-muscular disorder) My major symptoms are: slightly slurred speach, an intermittant hand tremor, occassional loss of balance, and a limp.
I decided to be involved with this great event to help my friends who have cancer, and in memory of those who've passed away because of this horrible disease.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada's Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
In the 2009 ride I was only able to cycle for around 80 kilometers, but I'm hoping to be able to upgrade my trike this year.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to raise the $2500 in donations needed for me to ride in 2010, but I was a crew member. It was tough, but I'm commited! (some people think I should be! hehe)
I did it! In 2011 I cycled across the finish line! After cycling my trike 40Km just to the start line, then barely sleeping on Friday night I managed to cycle about 55Km. But I was able to get an AWESOME sleep at camp which made me able to cycle most of day 2's route. I was even interviewed by Phil Johnson (a fellow rider in 2011) over the radio.
In 2012 I had some problems with my trike, but I was still able to cross the finish line. In August of 2012 several other cyclists grouped together and bought me a new trike. I NOW HAVE 6 GEARS! lol
2013: The Ride with 6 gears! I managed to cycle about 55% of the course. I cycled across the finish line again.
2014 was the year of horrendous headwinds! Despite that I still managed to cycle around half the course, and (thanks to my generous friends) I was able to ride wiith 8 gears!
2015: Boy! I thought last year the headwinds were bad! I managed to complete about half the course again. Saturday was cut short due to the high winds, and on day 2 the route was altered because of the debris from Saturday. I am still on my quest to complete the entire course, but to do that I need your help.
2016: This was a little bit of a disappointing year for me. Due to a crack in my trike frame I only managed to cycle around 60-75 kilometers of the Ride. I extend great thanks and respect for the Ride staff who helped me achieve what I did.
2017: I was able to cycle about 60% of the Ride this year! I cycled from the start to Pitstop 3, got a ride to lunch, got a ride to Pitstop 4, then I cycled into camp. On Sunday I was only able to cycle to Pitstop 2. I then got a ride to lunch, got a ride to the last Pitstop, and I rode across the finish line with the rest of my team.
Please help me by contributing to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care made possible through BC Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and care.
My maternal Grandpa, Len McDerby died of leukemia, my Uncle Pat died of cancer, and one of my cousins just recently died from cancer. And now I've found out that several of my neighbors have, or have had cancer: Don P, Lynn L, Alexandra F, Ian R, Larry S, and Robert on the 1st floor.
I'm now also riding in memory of JIM GREEN whom my building is named after.
I'm also riding for the husband of a fellow Ataxian: Roger Charles Paillé
Thank you in advance for your help.
Michael Geilen(the maniac with the adult trike)
My Participant ID: 320555-6
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