Shannon Rooney

  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Grew up in Calgary, currently live in Toronto
  • Occupation: Human factors specialist (I help to design ultrasound systems)
  • Longest Bike Trip: 500 km through Newfoundland
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Shannon Rooney

Why I ride:

In September, I will ride 2800 km across Canada over 18 days to raise money to fight kid’s cancer.

I ride to support all of the people and organizations, including the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, that supported my brother Sean and his wife Trish as their son, my nephew, Dominic battled cancer for most of his short life. Dom was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) just before he turned 1, and passed away just before his 3rd birthday, on September 3, 2015.

Dom’s story carries on although he is no longer with us; his journey is documented through the eyes of his parents at http://dominicaml.blogspot.ca, although I bet many of you have already read it.

While Dom’s absence leaves behind a very specific Dom shaped hole in the hearts of everyone who met him (and even of many who didn’t), the work that has been done in his name has been inspiring. So much money has been raised to help other families that find themselves in the same tragic circumstances, and in the hopes of preventing other kids & families from having to go through it at all. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this mission in Dom’s memory.

I ride to support programs like the music therapy that brought Dom so much joy during his prolonged hospital stays.

I ride because 100% of all individual donations go toward childhood cancer programs and initiatives across the country.

I ride to raise money and hope for kids and families across Canada fighting this debilitating disease.

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