Welcome to Chris Port's 2019 Ride To Conquer Cancer Page
In early 2017 Jordan Christianson, a close from of mine since Grade 1, passed away after a long fight with Melanoma. No one made me laugh more over the course of my life than Jordan did. He truly was like a brother to me growing up. He was also a great personal inspiration to me after he pursued his dreams and passions and became a successful TV and Film writer, most recently being one of the top writers for the Murdoch Mysteries on CBC. He was living his dream and doing what he loved and getting paid for it, it is incredibly inspiring to see what you can do when you follow your heart. It is also absolutely heart wrenching to see how quickly cancer can end everything.
And then in 2018 my friend and teammate Adam's amazing 6 year old daughter Emma also sadly passed away after a long courageos battle with brain cancer. She was the most outgoing, funny, sassy and sarcastic 5 year old you will ever meet. When you talked to her you would swear you were talking to a teenager, not a 5 year old child. She was truly an old soul trapped in a kid's body. When we rode the 2017 Ride to Seattle Emma had just been given a clean bill of health after fighting her condition for years. The Ride for No More Chemo (as emma called it) was one of the most touching and emotional experiences of my life, especially getting to see their family celebrate at the end. Sadly her brain cancer came back shortly after that and it was determined this time it was untreatable. This was her "home cancer" as she called it since she got to stay at home with her loved ones instead of being stuck in a hospital. Even a few days before she passes she was still cracking jokes, being her old sarcastic self and out riding her bike while wearing her awesome unicorn helmet. Then one night in the spring her brain tumour started to bleed and she passed away soon after. She was such an amazing child and she will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to Adam's family.
It is now up to all of us to carry on Jordan and Emma's legacy. We also have to keep their passion and love for life alive through us all. I challenge each and every one of you to find something that you are passionate about and make it happen. Maybe you've always wanted to travel or take up a new hobby or learn a language or maybe even try a new career and try to find your dream job like Jordan did. All the stuff that Emma never got a chance to experience.
I for one am committing to do everything possible to end cancer once and for all so it can no longer hurt our loved ones. I have now succesfully completed the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle and the 2018 Ride from Vancouver to Chilliwack and I have managed to raise over $10,000 in total. I want to give a huge tahnk you to all of you wonderful people who have supported me and donated to my cause! Bioth rides were grueling in terms of distance and weather, but thanks to all the people supporting me and my awesome teammates I had an absolute blast.
I have signed up for the 2019 Ride to Conquer Cancer which will be a 200+ km ride from Vancouver to Chilliwack to Hope. I am riding once again for the people we have lost to cancer, including Jordan, Emma, my Grandpa Bill, my Uncle Art, my friend's father Joe Fodor, my brother in law's father Dennis, my high school friend Manda Smith, our fearless team leader's son Ryder Brockett and the far too many other friends and family that we have lost to the disease over the years. But I am also riding for the people that are currently fighting or have beaten cancer. My friends Michelle and Anna, two of the most down to earth and positive people I have ever met.
My goal this year is raise over $5000 once again and also to sign up 5 people to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer with me on the awesome Riders for Ryders team. Our team goal is to have 333 members and raise $1 million, in honour of our captain Jimi's son Ryder who passed away 8 years ago from brain cancer. The number 33 was Ryder's favourite number and red was his favourite colour, so if you keep an eye open I'm sure you will see some of us out there on the roads wearing our red #33 Riders for Ryders jerseys as we train for the 2019 Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support for this terrific cause.
My Participant ID: 320540-8
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