My name is David Visschedyk, and I'm going to cycle across Canada for children's cancer charities.
When I was eight years old I was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, the same type of cancer that Terry Fox had
and, like Terry, my right leg was subsequently amputated.
Eighteen years later, however, I have been pronounced 'cured' by doctors and have
worked diligently to put cancer behind me.
While watching Lance Armstrong for the better part of the past decade, I
developed a growing interest in the sport of
cycling and an appreciation for the
determination and desire that it demands
from the participants involved. A low-impact
activity that reduces stress on my amputated
leg, cycling has quickly become a favorite
past-time of mine and the very activity I'm
looking to utilize in order to benefit
another personal passion, the awareness and
funding involved in the fight against
Over the past summer, with Lance Armstrong winning his seventh Tour de France and the
25th anniversary of Terry Fox's historic run across Canada, I felt a
sudden call to action. Personally, I may never have the opportunity to raise money for cancer on a large scale
such as this, as well as challenge myself at the same time.
with that, I decided to establish
CanadaWide for Cancer, a non-profit
event designed to raise funds and create
awareness for the James Fund for
are that, with public support and personal
dedication, I can complete the trek I've
developed and succeed in generating
much-needed funding for a worthy childhood cancer charity.
I hope you
can join me along the way!