- Age: 34
- Hometown: Calgary, AB
- Occupation: Biologist
- Family: Partner Greg Croezen (8 years)
- Previous Cycling Experiences: Ironman 2009, Tour for Kids Alberta 2014, 2015, (2016)
Why I ride:
October 12, 2012 my brother and sister in law Sean and Trish Rooney welcomed their son Dominic Sean Rooney into the world. I fell in love with him instantly.
September 12, 2013 Sean and Trish brought Dom to Calgary to the Alberta Children’s Hospital upon strict order from the pediatrician in their home town of Medicine Hat. I received a call that evening around 8:30 pm from my mom telling me that Dominic had been diagnosed with leukemia. I screamed.
I feel like I probably don’t need to tell you a lot about Dom. There are so many people out there who have been touched by him, and by the way that Sean and Trish opened their hearts up to share his journey. If you haven’t had the chance to know who my fabulous nephew was, please take some time to read a bit of Dominic’s Journey, a blog my brother started days after Dom’s diagnosis, at: http://dominicaml.blogspot.ca/.
So, this is why I ride. For Dominic. Certainly almost all of us have been touched in some way by cancer, unfortunately – it is not something that I want to have in common with you. But until we can find a cure, it will be.
I have been a cyclist for many years, and finding the opportunity to give back to charities that helped my brother and sister in law and Dom is very important to me. Naturally, fundraising events by bicycle is a great match to align two of my strongest passions. I learned about the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride through Willie Lyons, SNKCR rider in 2014. I met Willie at the Tour for Kids, another fundraiser also organized by the Coast to Coast Foundation and in Alberta, funds raised go to support sending kids affected by cancer to Camp Kindle just northwest of Calgary. Willie and I became instant buds, and after Tour for Kids in 2014, he followed Dominic’s journey dutifully. Willie asked if he could dedicate his ride to Dominic and another girl fighting cancer, Hadlie Violet Hoglund.
Unfortunately, both Hadlie and then Dom both passed away in 2015.
I will ride for Dom, and I will also be dedicating my ride to Blake Miller who is currently fighting a similar type of Acute Myeloid Leukemia that Dom had.
My heart is full and my legs will be strong. I will endeavour to bring myself to a place where I feel some of the pain, but hopefully also some of the strength that Dominic and so many other kids with cancer expressed along their journeys. Please consider sponsoring me in my effort to contribute to much needed research through the Coast to Coast foundation’s 100% donation model. Every dollar you give will go to a charity that is making a different in these children’s lives. Be part of making a difference.