So I know I talk a lot about myself on here. You know all about what I do, what I love to eat, how I like to sweat, and have been acquainted with the people that I love. There are a couple of things that I haven’t talked about though for various reasons. Maybe I don’t want to feel vulnerable? I don’t know. It wasn’t until I read Rachelle’s post that I thought, why not share these things with the blog world? What do I have to lose? One of these “things” involves the loss of my father. He passed away from a heart attack in his early 30s, when I was just eight years old. I don’t have many memories, but the ones that I do have are nothing but wonderful. I am not that open about it with anyone, really…until now. There are days that I miss him and days that I wish he were around to see me cross a finish line, to meet Dean, to congratulate me when I graduated from Teacher’s College. I can’t bring him back but I can keep him in my thoughts and remember him for the amazing father that he was.
Another thing that I, or should I say we can do is think about all of the other people in the world who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases and how we can help. Every year in Toronto there is an event that takes place called Ride for Heart which raises money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. It is a bike ride where riders are given the opportunity to ride traffic-free along the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. Riders also have the option of choosing a 25k, 50k or 75k route, allowing both recreational and endurance riders to challenge themselves.
I completed this ride once when I was younger with my mom and I remember it being a lot of fun. We were able to cruise freely and happily on our not-so-pro bikes, knowing that we had fundraised for a cause that meant something to us. You can read more about the ride and the fundraising on the Ride for Heart website.
Those of you who are interested in riding, whether you are from Toronto or are a travelling rider, have the opportunity to register as a VIP (Very Important Philanthropist) before November 30th. All you have to do is commit to raising $1000 (or more). This seems like a lot of money, but the ride isn’t until June 3, 2012. Think of it this way – $100 from 10 friends, $50 from 20 friends…it’s totally doable. In return, you get a free VIP-in-training Louis Garneau technical shirt, a waived registration fee, a unique cycling experience, and you can just feel good about supporting heart and stroke research.
If you don’t have an interest in riding or are unable to participate (I know a lot of readers are from the US), you can still donate and help me reach my goal of $1000! Every dollar counts and I appreciate every bit of support I can get! You can visit my personal page by clicking here and donate any amount that you want. I also have a “donate” box located on my right sidebar which will be there until the day of the ride
I will be riding to honour my father on June 3rd and I cannot wait to be part of such an amazing event.
Have an amazing weekend!