CanadaWide For Cancer 2006

CanadaWide For Cancer 2006

August 24, 2006 08:00 ET

One-legged Cyclist Pedaling Hope on Home Stretch

0f Two Wheeled Cross Country Journey

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADAWIDE FOR CANCER--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 24, 2006) - It's the neuroblastoma fighting kids that keep one-legged cyclist and cancer survivor David Visschedyk going as he nears the finish line of his cross country cycle odyssey. On Saturday, August 26, he'll dip the wheels of his bike into the Atlantic just as he did in the Pacific on Canada Day at the start of his road trip eight weeks ago. David is pedaling across Canada to raise money for The James Fund, Canada's leading fund fighting neuroblastoma, one of the deadliest childhood cancers there is.

-David Visschedyk, a one-legged cyclist and cancer survivor pedaling across Canada to combat neuroblastoma, a deadly cancer that mostly afflicts children. David will be in Moncton August 25 and will continue his ride in to Nova Scotia with his first stop in August 25 in Debert and finish his cross country ride near Halifax on Saturday.
-Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly to greet David at the end of his ride
-The family of James Birrell, who died five years ago at the age of eight from neuroblastoma and for whom the James Fund is named. David's cross country journey is raising funds in James' name and memory.

Details of all stops are outlined below:

A national 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 Canadian boy James Birrell to fight the disease that ultimately killed him 5 years ago. Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is The James Fund's Honourary Patron.

New Brunswick Tour Information & Home Hardware Events:

Entire New Brunswick Schedule:
August 24 Newcastle - Moncton
August 25 Moncton - Debert (NS)

Home Hardware Event:

Thursday, August 24
Magnetic Hill HHBC
2463 Mountain Road E1G 2J5
Moncton, NB

Nova Scotia Tour Information & Home Hardware Events:

Entire Nova Scotia Schedule:

August 25 Moncton (NB) - Debert
August 26 Debert - Halifax

Home Hardware Events:

Friday, August 25 (David's approximate time of arrival: 2:30pm)
HHBC Debert Distribution Centre
336 Lancaster Crescent, Air Industrial Park
Debert, NS B0M 1G0

David will dip wheel of bike in Ocean at approximately 1pm at Bedford Lions Playground (boat launch) on Shore Drive in Bedford, Nova Scotia

David will then ride 10 minutes down the road to be greeted by Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly and then have cheque presentations and party with throngs of supporters at approximately 2pm at Payzant Home Hardware (see below)

Saturday, August 26 (David's approximate time of arrival: 2pm)
Payzant HHBC
250 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2R4
/For further information:
Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Cell: (416) 525-5177
Ph: (416) 699-1846



Timothy Knowles (RV driver; on the road with David)
Cell: (416) 529-9415

Contact Information

  • Susan McLennan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-699-1846
    Secondary Phone: 416-525-5177