Today's blog talks about the company's national support. Each spring, I lovingly polish up my road bike and hit the roads and trails to train for the Tour for Kids 4-day ride to raise money for children with cancer. This will be my third year riding and even though it is the hardest thing I have ever done physically, it still brings tears to my eyes talking about it.
It is easy to write a cheque to a charity and feel as if you have done something good for that charity. Don't get me wrong - monetary donations are what makes research possible, and your donations ARE great. However, actually participating in the ride puts me on the ground and in the middle of this terrific charity.
For me, being able to bike 100 km a day and still be able to stand at the end of it is pretty darn good! It pales in comparison, however, to what these kids go through every day. It is humbling and satisfying to do something concrete to helping eradicate this insidious disease.
You and I both know that riding my bike is secondary to raising the funds. It is a glorious four days and I meet new friends, and reconnect with riders from past rides. But being able to meet families that have experienced cancer gives me a huge appreciation for my life and makes me realize how lucky I am. I feel small in the scheme of things and feel that it is such an easy thing to do to ride my bike and raise money. The charity and the families look at it differently. Each and every rider is a superstar to them.
You can be part of this too. I am asking you, my readers, to support Tour for Kids. You can do this by sponsoring me on my ride. Every single dollar that is donated goes right to the charity - not a penny goes to administration. If you are going to make a donation, this is a pretty good cause.