Back at Bike for Tykes

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This Thursday I am very excited to be reconnecting with the team from Bike for Tykes to get my sweat on for some awesome social good.

Bike for Tykes is a volunteer organizing committee that partners with children’s charities in the Greater Toronto Area to host a one day spinning relay that raises funds to support programs that improve the lives of children.

Since 2012, Bike for Tykes has supported the Cancer Neighbourhood of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SicKids. Despite enormous advances in the past 20 years, cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death in children. SickKids is the largest childhood cancer treatment centre in Canada and a major contributor to international pediatric clinical trials.

What I love about attending and participating in this event, beyond the half day of spinning, is the connection to the community and families who receive support at SickKids. Families are not only present spinning on stage, but are around the space sharing their personal stories and connecting with the cyclists. You get to hear the first hand impact of the funds raised and see how lives are changed.

If you have some spare change please consider donating it here and help improve the lives of children in need.

Guest Blogger: “The Pink Benefit” Fundraising for Evelyn by Kym Stasiuk

I am always happy to open my blog to friends and family who need a platform to share and educate others. When I learned of the seriousness of a neighbours illness I knew I had to act. I grew up in Hamilton Ontario on a small street busy with kids and fun. We had epic games of hide and go seek which took place over many front lawns, and road basketball games that went on all night. We were a community connected and caring. I grew up across the street from a family of six kids, most of us were similar in age, the Stasiuk family. They were… are… one of the most loving families I have ever met. A house filled with music, creativity, deep love, and great laughter. Last August while on maternity leave with her second child, my neighbour Evelyn Stasiuk, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and thus unable to work. I’ve heard regular updates from my dad, who still lives across from the Stasiuk family, and the hardships that they are going through, please take a minute to learn about Evelyn and her family and if you can, please donate.

UPDATE: Tilt have agreed to wave all fees connected to this campaign. 100% of donations will go towards the Stasiuk family.

SONY DSCAs some of you may be aware, my brother Galen’s wife, Evelyn, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer last August, something very rare for a woman still in her 30s. At that time, Evelyn was on maternity leave with their second child and the family was living in Cape Breton where Galen had recently accepted seasonal employment as the head chef at the well-known dining and live Celtic music venue, The Red Shoe Pub. Unfortunately, the testing revealed that the cancer had already spread to Evelyn’s liver and spine. The doctors’ recommended that the family return home to Hamilton immediately so that Evelyn could receive proper care at McMaster Hospital. Taking this advice, Galen left his job at the Red Shoe and returned home to Hamilton where Evelyn would commence chemotherapy treatment that September. For obvious reasons, neither she nor he has been able to return to work since the diagnosis and instead have focused entirely on battling this illness, while raising two small children (ages 1 and 3).

IMG_0090 Evelyn’s co-workers are organizing a fundraising event for her at the Royal Canadian Legion located at 435 Limeridge Road East in Hamilton (across the street from Limeridge Mall) from 7pm to 1am on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Funds raised will be used to support Evelyn and her family while she continues to receive care during this difficult time. Tickets are $10 each. If you are in the area and interested in attending the event, please contact Evelyn’s sister, Jenn by email at brajen@quickclic.net.

If you would like to support the cause but are not able to attend the event, an online campaign has started where donations can be made at Tilt.com, using the following link: http://tilt.tc/lCjo

Thanks in advance for your consideration and support,

-Kym