My name is Kip Shortreed, I am riding to support my Mom who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in March 2020. Until her diagnosis I was fortunate enough that cancer hadn’t had much of an influence on my life. In April 2018 my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer, just as I was moving even further from home. It feels a bit helpless, not only having a loved one going through something like that but being to far away to be around much. My mom had already signed up for The 2018 Ride so I decided to join her, however it was only two weeks following her surgery and although she still wanted to be involved, we weren't able to participate. Last year we completed the ride, and it was an amazing experience together. We brought a rope alone incase she needed a tow but we didn't even consider using it over the 200km ride. I am looking forward to riding again with my girlfriend Niki to honour my mom. We are both raising money for her cause, donating what we raise to ovarian cancer. Any donation is appreciated and I want thank everyone in advance for their generosity.
I joined The Ride because devoting a weekend to cycling through BC is one small way I can make a big difference for cancer patients with the BC Cancer Foundation and throughout the province.
But it's not the distance I go that will make a lasting impact – it's the donation support you provide to my Ride. Whatever you're able to give, THANK YOU. Every dollar you donate means a dollar more to one day conquering cancer.
I really believe we can achieve this goal, and it's through your generosity that we'll be able to do it!