Sean Cullen, a Peterborough local, will be joining a group of cyclists as they travel from Toronto to Halifax to raise money for Wellspring, an organization that provides supportive care programs to help Canadians who are living with cancer.
Wellspring is available at no charge, with no referrals necessary and accepts clients with any type of cancer at any stage in their journey.
They receive no government funding and rely completely on donations.
Cullen, who’s mother in law used Wellsprings services while she battled cancer, says that on top of one-on-one peer support, financial advice and rehabilitation support Wellsprings acts as a community.
“Being diagnosed with cancer can feel isolating so it’s important to have a community to talk with,” he said. “So being able to drop in to any of these locations and have these support groups are incredible.”
There are three Wellsprings locations in the Greater Toronto area, one in Niagara, London, and Brampton as well as a few locations in Alberta.
On August 20, Cullen will join a team of cyclists for 3000 km, week long ride from Toronto to Halifax
The trip will act like a relay, with groups of five or six taking turns making the trek, then being driven to their next starting point twelve hours later.
“We ride day and night, which will be a really cool experience,” he said.
Cullen who is an avid cyclist says he’s excited for the challenge, the adventure it will be and of course to opportunity to raise money for a charity he cares about.
Cullen’s personal fundraising goal is $10,000 and is confident that he will reach his mark before he takes off on his journey in August.