SOURCE: Outlive Yourself

June 03, 2013 06:31 ET

Ontario Man Bikes Across Canada Starting Monday to Promote Organ Donation, in Honour of His Friend Who Died at 27 Waiting for a Transplant

TOFINO, BC--(Marketwired - June 03, 2013) - On Monday morning, 25-year-old Ottawa native Cayse Ruiter will embark on a solo 8,000-kilometre bike journey across Canada dubbed Outlive Yourself in honour of his close friend Matthew Antolin (pictured), who passed away in Toronto on December, 16, 2012 at the age of 27 while waiting for a heart transplant. He was at the top of the transplant list when he died.

"Imagine you could have saved up to eight lives with just two minutes of your time, but you didn't. I'm biking to encourage everyone I meet on the road to have the courage to become a registered organ donor," said Cayse Ruiter.

Cayse will bike from Tofino, British Columbia to St. John's, Newfoundland over two months in order to raise awareness about the importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor. He will stay with friends of Matthew Antolin throughout his journey and continue to celebrate his friend's life.

Cayse departs from Tofino, British Columbia's town docks at 7:30 am on Monday, June 3, 2013. View the first half of his route here.

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Cayse Ruiter, Founder of Outlive Yourself

Paul & Cvetka Antolin, Parents of Matthew Antolin

Stephen & Robert Antolin, Brothers of Matthew Antolin

Outlive Yourself is a solo 8,000-kilometre bike journey across Canada by Cayse Ruiter to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation. Cayse is riding acorss the country in memory of his close friend Matthew Antolin who passed away on Dec 16, 2012 while waiting for a heart transplant. Each registered organ donor has the potential to save up to eight lives.

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