A grey overcast day couldn’t dampen high spirits when 35 cyclists for Cancervive 2015 passed the finish line at the Wellspring Edmonton building site Sunday, September 13.
These dedicated bikers received a heroes’ welcome, with a Highland bagpipe band marching them across the finish line while about 50 spectators waved signs and cheered them on. They had biked nearly 600 kilometres over five days, from the Wellspring Carma House in Calgary through the communities of Drumheller, Stettler, Camrose and Leduc. Most of their days were warm and balmy, and some even got a sunburn. The feeling at the end was one of exhilaration, a tremendous effort for an important cause.
Our four Edmonton riders who did the whole route, and two of the riders who joined them on the final leg Sunday from Leduc to Edmonton, raised in excess of $16,500 for Wellspring Edmonton. As one of them said, it was not a race but an event where everyone helped each other – the spirit of Wellspring.
We thank riders Sandy Coull, Christine Rozak, Laurel Shuttleworth, and Patti Szkwarok for riding the full distance, and Dr. Chris Eagle and Gus Hildebrandt for raising money and taking part for the final leg of the event. We thank Dr. Pamela Valentine, Leon Marciak and Jim Davis for also accompanying our riders on the final leg.
We also thank the Cancervive 2015 organizer Peggy Pankhurst-Brosens and her team of volunteers for looking after the cyclists at every leg of their journey.
As well, we would like to thank the following event sponsors: JGR Communications, Cinnabunnies, Bunches, Famoso Pizza, Glow Juicery, IKEA, Photos by Cheryl-Ann Orr, Global Technologies Transfer & Training Inc., Jordyn’s Contracting Ltd., Select Graphix, MultiSports Canada and Handi-Can.
Finally, we would like to thank Calgary and Edmonton Police services for seeing the riders safely between the two cities, and the Pipes & Drums of the Edmonton Police Service. It has been an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Check out our photos of the event at the gallery below:
Check out the news coverage below: