Laurel Shuttleworth is one of the participating riders in the Tour du Cancervive 2015 on Sept. 9-13. She has been involved with Cancervive for many years, and will again be riding for Wellspring Edmonton, this time from the Carma House in Calgary to the Wellspring building site in Edmonton.
Here, in her own words, is her reason for riding for cancer.
Why I ride
When a family member lost their battle with cancer, I was devastated and felt lost. Then I found what became a second family when I joined Cancervive and rode in support of Wellspring.
At one of my first Cancervive/Wellspring rides many years ago in Austin, Texas, while in the hotel lobby waiting for some riders, I saw a five-year old girl with fairy wings skipping through the lobby. Her parents were beaming and had a sparkling light in their eyes – a light that I knew was previously missing as their daughter had been battling cancer for half of her young life. Cancervive had brought this family down to Austin as part of the Warrior program. It was a time out from their regular life of doctors’ appointments and treatments. That moment really hooked me into Cancervive and I have ridden with Cancervive almost every year since that time.
Everything about Wellspring is like a warm embrace and I am determined to support an entity that supports EVERYONE through the cancer journey. I am so excited that Edmonton will soon have a place for people to go to receive what they need to help gain some control in their lives after a diagnosis of cancer.
Please support Laurel and her ride this September by going to her Cancervive donation page.