Northern Ontario family cycling for childhood cancer research
NORTH BAY -- An East Ferris man and his extended northern Ontario family are cycling for the entire month of August in hopes of raising money for the SickKids Foundation.
Specifically, they want to help the hospital continue their work developing treatments in hope of finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Andrew Lindsay has been preparing for the cycling challenge for quite some time.
"People who have been touched by any type of cancer can continue to have their loved ones not be a memory, but instead they can be here to make memories," said Lindsay.
Lindsay's nephew, Jasmin Berube, was diagnosed with leukaemia at just eight months old. Jasmin lost his life in February 2017 at the young age of two and a half.
So in his memory, Lindsay plans to bike for the entire month of August, a total of 200 kilometres.
"It's quite a depressing situation and being in the thick of that roughly about two years ago and going through that with the family was very devastating," said Lindsay.
His father-in-law, Paul Proulx, sister-in-law Julie Proulx-Berube and Jasmin's grandfather and mother,are also planning to bike for a cure in Iroquois Falls.
The family hopes to raise a total of $5,000 for cancer research.
"It's tough if you're going through it," said Proulx. "Just know we understand how you feel. We want to make sure no other family goes through what we went through."
According to the Great Cycle Challenge's website, cancer is the largest killer of kids in Canada. Every week, 27 children are diagnosed with the devastating disease.
Lindsay hopes his ride will spark others impacted by childhood cancer to donate, so every child can grow up knowing a cure exists.
"Every day, you have a chance to make your life better for yourself and for others," he concluded.
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