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Why I Ride for Cancervive – Sandy’s Story

Sandy Coull and her brother Les (left) at the 2008 Cancervive Warrior Reception in Philadelphia.
Sandy Coull and her brother Les (left) at the 2008 Cancervive Warrior Reception in Philadelphia.

Last week, we introduced Laurel Shuttleworth, one of the riders from Edmonton participating in the Tour du Cancervive 2015. This week, we tell the story of Sandy Coull, who became involved with Cancervive through Laurel as a way to help her brother in his battle against cancer. The two will riding from Carma House in Calgary to the Wellspring building site in Edmonton on Sept. 9-13.

Here, in Sandy’s own words, is her reason for riding for cancer.

Why I Ride

My brother was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. It was a brutal illness, and it was painful to watch him go through so much and not be able to do anything to help him. But my brother fought hard and survived – cancer picked the wrong dude to mess with!

During that when year my brother was sick, I knew Laurel Shuttleworth was riding to Austin, Texas with Cancervive. When she told me her reason why she did it, it inspired me to do the same thing.

Next year in 2008, I rode with the Cancervive team and at the end of our journey, my brother was there waiting for me. Watching him walk across the cancer survivor finish line at the LiveStrong event, that’s a moment I’ll never forget.

Sandy Coull walking with her brother Les (left) across the finish line at the 2008 LiveStrong event in Philadelphia.
Sandy Coull walking with her brother Les (left) across the finish line at the 2008 LiveStrong event in Philadelphia.

Today, after yet another surgery, he’s still a survivor and will always be the most amazing, courageous individual I know. I ride in gratitude to Wellspring Edmonton and Cancervive for all that they have done, and will do, for my brother, my family and many others.

Please support Sandy and her ride this September by going to her Cancervive donation page.

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