CanadaWide For Cancer 2006

CanadaWide For Cancer 2006

August 11, 2006 10:14 ET

A $25,000 Pit Stop on Road to Toronto as One-legged Cyclist Rides

with Neuroblastoma Kids and Accepts Donation from Cancer-fighting Family

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Sports Editor PHOTO/INTERVIEW OP TODAY ATTENTION NEWS/PHOTO/SPOR--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2006) - August 11, 2006, Toronto/Media Advisory: Three year old neuroblastoma
patient Sam Lack and his family want two things: to find a cure for the
often fatal neuroblastoma that he is battling and for Sam and his older
brother Ben to ride their bikes beside their hero, one-legged cyclist David
Visschedyk.

At 2pm in a park near the corner of Lakeshore and Dixie, the Lack children
will ride with the two wheeled cancer-fighting crusader, with the family
presenting Visschedyk with a cheque for $25,000 to go to The James Fund for
Neuroblastoma Research at SickKids. Also riding will be another
neuroblastoma child, Christiana, 10, and her brother Michael, 8.

Who:
-David Visschedyk, a one-legged cyclist and cancer survivor pedaling across
Canada to help fight neuroblastoma, a deadly cancer that mostly afflicts
children.
-Neuroblastoma children and their families, including the Lack Family who
will present David with a cheque for $25,000 for The James Fund for Neurobastoma
Research at SickKids.

When:
TODAY, Friday, 2:00 pm

Where:
At the corner of Lakeshore and Dixie; "CanadaWide for Cancer" RV will be
parked there
impossible to miss. RV driver, Timothy Knowles' cell phone: (416) 529-9415

What:
A coast to coast event, CanadaWide for Cancer is non-profit and will benefit
The James Fund, which is emerging as a world leader in the fight against
neuroblastoma. 100% of all moneys donated to The James Fund will go
directly into research. Covering 57 days and 6,900 kilometers, David will
hit the finishing line August 26 in Halifax.

Drawing inspiration from the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of
Hope as well as Lance Armstrong's seventh Tour de France win, David will be
following the Trans-Canada Highway, with many major cities and small towns
visited along the way. Accompanying David will be tour manager, RV driver,
and chef Timothy Knowles of The City Kitchen, a survivor of skin cancer.
Funds gathered by CanadaWide for Cancer will go to The James Fund for
Neuroblastoma Research at SickKids. The James Fund was established in the
name of 8 year old James Birrell to fight the disease that ultimately killed
him 5 years ago. Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is its Honourary Patron.

Please note: Reception for David at The Hospital for Sick Children is still
slated for Saturday, August 12 from 2-4pm with presentations kicking off the
event. The event will also feature neuroblastoma families, including
Christiana who will present David with the proceeds of her lemonade stand
sales, hundreds of dollars, mostly in small bills and change.
/For further information: Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 525-5177
email: susan@babbleoncom.com
www.babbleoncom.com

Timothy Knowles (RV driver; on the road with David)
Cell: (416) 529-9415
Timothytknowles@sympatico.ca
/ IN: HEALTH, SOCIAL, SPORTS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Susan McLennan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-699-1846
    Secondary Phone: 416-525-5177
    E-mail: susan@babbleoncom.com