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7 Questions with Johnny Dela Cruz

Posted on: 29 May 2015

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1) Name: Johnny Dela Cruz

2) Hometown: Oro-Medonte, ON

3) How long have you been involved with CTCACF, and how did you first get involved: 2014 I did the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. I got involved because of my husband’s nephew who battled cancer at the age of 3, and is now 11 and currently in remission!

4) Why do you continue to be involved with CTCACF: I continue to be involved with CTCACF because I strongly believe that we all deserve to live, and that the future of each child battling with cancer shouldn’t prevent them seeing the beauty of our world.

5) What do you hope your work with CTCACF will accomplish: I don’t hope- I know that CTCACF is making big difference each passing day to me, and to everyone around me. I know that because I heard from the families that I met during the ride, and I felt it from their words.

6) If you could be a superhero, what would your superhero name be: I don’t want to be superhero; I’d rather spend my time with people I love, and be with kids so that I can share laughter, sadness, and build a strong foundation for all kind of memories.

7) If you could have dinner with 1 historical figure, who would it be, and why: This sounds cheesy, but I would love to have dinner with my Mom one last time. Because of her I saw the world in very different way. Because of her strength I felt that my future wouldn’t end in my childhood. Because of her love I learn to love endlessly.

8) Tell us something about you most people don’t know: I came from poverty, in an isolated country farm in Manila.

9) Describe CTCACF in 3 words to someone who wants to know what it’s all about: my 3 words would be FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, LOVE. That is what i felt when I came to ride for my first year. 3 weeks cycling, 3 weeks of memories, 3 weeks of sharing, 1 first day of meeting unknown people to share all that. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love every moment of it.


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UPDATED: Donation Outage Fixed! Donations Outage Notice

Posted on: 26 May 2015

UPDATED May 26, 2015 at 7:38 PM: THE DONATE OUTAGE WE WERE EXPERIENCING HAS BEEN FIXED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing an outage related to our 3rd party credit card processing company. This means that we are unable to process credit card donations at this time- however, all other functions of our website are presently operational.

If you’ve attempted to make a donation, and been directed to a page saying to contact our organization for assistance, please wait a few hours and try again- we will also update this page when the issue has been repaired.

We regret any difficulties this outage may cause of donors and our riders, and we’re looking forward to getting this swiftly resolved.

If you have any questions, please email contact@ctcacf.org and we will assist you.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

The Cross Family

Posted on: 14 May 2015

The Cross family has been involved with the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation for many years.  In 2008, Megan Cross was diagnosed with AML leukemia and her parents were told that she had a 50/50 chance of surviving.  Megan then relapsed and 5 years ago today, on May 14th 2010, she received a bone marrow transplant from her big sister Leah.

 

The Cross family consists of Dad Ken, Mom Colleen, and theirm3 daughters- Leah, Megan, and Emma. When Megan was 4 years old she was diagnosed with AML leukemia.  Megan says she doesn’t remember it much- except playing in the hospital playroom, and the child life workers who kept  her entertained and engaged while she was undergoing treatment. Megan’s 5 month treatment was all as an inpatient at  Kingston General Hospital, which is  where the family lives.  While in the hospital, Ken and Colleen stayed with Megan 100% of the time; they were helped out immensely by family and friends and by coworkers of Colleen’s who also works at Kingston General Hospital.

 

When Megan was receiving chemo, Megan really struggled with food- the treatment destroyed her taste buds. She no longer craved sweet foods but she loved salty foods.  Meg always enjoyed bacon! She ate a lot of bacon, , chicken fingers and pancakes. Due to her weight loss she nearly needed to have a feeding tube inserted; she really didn’t want it and when she was reminded she would eat a little more!

 

In February 2010, when she was 6, Megan was at a follow up appointment at the Cancer Clinic and her blood tests showed the cancer was back; 21 months into remission she relapsed.  After 3 months of chemo at Kingston General Hospital Megan was transferred to Sick Kids in Toronto for a bone marrow transplant. Due to testing when Megan was first diagnosed we knew that her older sister Leah was a perfect match and would be her donor.

 

Megan remembers  Sick Kids being very big, with lots of rooms to go too and really cool elevators! Megan spent her first week at Sick Kids getting very high doses of chemo so her body was prepared for the transplant. The transplant was easy for Megan; the hard part was for Leah.  She was pretty sore for a couple of days but managed to run the bases as the Blue Jays game the next day and head out of a steak dinner—her favourite!

 

Although not usually allowed, due to isolation regulations, the doctors let Leah go see Megan while she was receiving the transplant.  Megan was going to be in isolation for up to 30 days and she wasn’t going to be able to see her sister for a long time.  Megan told Leah she couldn’t be grumpy anymore because she says she got Leah’s grumpy blood.

 

While Megan was in the hospital, Ken and Colleen balanced time  staying with Megan in Toronto and looking after the kids back home.   With two other children at home it took the help of many family and friends to ensure everything in Kingston was running smoothly.  Staying at Sick Kids is very expensive; food and parking and daily necessities added up quickly.  They were helped out immensely by the meal allowance provided by the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario and the Kids Cancer Fund established at KGH by parents in the paediatric oncology unit.

 

The other organization that has really helped the Cross family is Camp Trillium- the kids go to the Garrets Island camp every year- the youngest of them, Emma, began going to camp last summer with her older sisters and now it’s a sister tradition. Megan loves going to camp, because she gets to see all of her friends that have moved way, and make new friends- she also really likes the camp counsellors.

 

When asked to provide words of wisdom  for other families just starting their cancer journey, Leah said: “It’s going to be a long and bumpy ride, but through the journey, you’ll experience so many different things, some good, some bad. You’re going to meet amazing people and amazing families going through exactly what you are. You’re going to find so many supports you didn’t even know were there, and through it all you’ll have a little kick that will keep you going.”

 

Since Megan’s diagnosis, Ken Cross has ridden across the country in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride 4 times, and is doing it again this year, to make it 5. In those years, Ken has raised close to $250,000 for the foundation through the Sears National Ride and the Inside Ride events in the Kingston Area.   Leah has participated in several Inside Rides- her school raised over $18,000 at their 2015 event! The Cross family is an amazing part of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation community.

 

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Megan and Leah during Megan’s treatment.

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The Cross family today.

 


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7 Question with Jamie Layfield

Posted on: 10 May 2015

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1) Name: Jamie Layfield

2) Hometown: Clarkson

3) How long have you been involved with CTCACF, and how did you first get involved?

I’ve been involved 13 years, I rode with Jeff and Kevin in 2002 for part of the inaugural C2C ride. I then participated in the full 2003 Coast to Coast with Jeff, Kevin, Scott, Freddy and Hamish. I have done 13 tour for kids, 10 Ontario, 2 Atlantic, and 1 Alberta.

4) Why do you continue to be involved with CTCACF?

It’s a great organization that puts on fun, challenging and inspirational events that allow me to give back to the community.

I am also so proud of the 100% donation model and all of the volunteers and great people that come out every year to support the camps! Tour for Kids is always a highlight of my year. Oh and I met my wife because of the Tour for Kids!

5) What do you hope your work with CTCACF will accomplish?

Since the very beginning when a young cancer survivor explained why her time at camp was so valuable to her and her family, I knew I wanted to help as many kids with cancer experience what she had. I attended one of the camps with my family and saw firsthand the positive impact these organizations are making to children and their families.

6) If you could be a superhero, what would your superhero name be?

Turtle Man

7) If you could have dinner with 1 historical figure, who would it be, and why?

The guy who invented the traffic light, I’d like to explain to him why roundabouts are superior.

8) Tell us something about you most people don’t know:

I am actually only 5’5 and 7/8″ not 5’6″

9) Describe CTCACF in 3 words to someone who wants to know what it’s all about:

Feel the Love


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Linda Hughes

Posted on: 01 May 2015

Linda Hughes 1We want to share with you all the members of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer community who work hard to ensure events happen, who pedal hard to raise money, and who provide support through sponsorships and donations. Today, let’s meet an amazing nurse who goes on the road every year with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, and Tour for Kids Ontario.

Who are you?

Linda Hughes

What is your hometown?

Born in Wingham ON but lived all over Canada, the USA & Europe with my Parents as my Dad was in the RCAF.

How long have you been involved with Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation:

I started with volunteering for Tour for Kids 10yrs ago (doing medical support). I was brought in by close family friends, the Campbell Family (Linda, David & Erika) & then I moved onto crossing Canada with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. It was supposed to be my “one time” outside the box experience, but this coming September will be my 7th year to follow the team across the country!!

Why do you continue to be involved with Coast to Coast?

The cause is close to my heart, I have been an RN at Sick Kids for 40yrs, where I’ve worked with many children & their families dealing with cancer. Another big piece is the people I have met & continued to volunteer with over the years, they come from all walks of life, men & women, all with their own reasons for being there. But what we ALL have in common is the desire to “make a difference” in someone’s life. They have become like family to me & I am a better person because of them!!

What do you hope your work with Coast to Coast Against Cancer will accomplish?

Every day some child & their family get a cancer diagnosis. The only way to change that story is through research & education, and until we reach “Destination Beyond Cancer “, those same children & their families need support to help them through the journey!!

If you were a superhero, who would you be?

I just want to be as brave as the children I care for at Sick Kids, they are truly amazing. They know instinctively, how to embrace the “good” moments that come their way & use them to get through very difficult situations.

If you could have dinner with 1 historical figure, who would it be and why?

I am more about the here & now, people in my lifetime, like Terry Fox & Rick Hansen. Ordinary people with a dream that just wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives are admirable.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am actually quite shy & uncertain of myself in new situations & with people I don’t know. My Coast to Coast friends will laugh because most of the time I can talk the ear off a donkey, but passion is a great tool & both my job at Sick Kids & work with Coast to Coast have given Me strength to grow.

Describe Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation in 3 words:

Changing Today & Tomorrow.


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In Memory of David Heaslip

Posted on: 13 Mar 2015

david-heaslipCoast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our dear friends and National rider, David Heaslip, after an 11 month battle with lung cancer. He fought with dignity, tenacity and courage, recognizing the immensity of the challenge before him as he often did with other challenges that confronted him.

Beloved husband of Karen (Ling) for 51 years. Survived by children David (and much loved daughter-in-law Janine) of Bala, Debi Heaslip Carter (Dave Christensen) of Bracebridge and Todd Heaslip of Guelph. Incredibly proud “Grandpa” of James Heaslip of Georgetown, Alexia and Chase Heaslip of Guelph and proud “Poppa” to Erin and Carolyn Carter of Bracebridge; step-Grandpa to Joey Chambers of Port Carling and Brandy Page (Louis, Porter, Hannah) of Gravenhurst. Survived by twin brother Donald (Sheila) of London and brother Bruce (Nadine) of Toronto. Predeceased by parents Dr. Judson and Eleanor Heaslip of Hamilton, Robert (Mary) Heaslip of Thunder Bay and Richard Heaslip of Hamilton. Survived by nieces and nephews Susan (Bill) of Newmarket, Greg (Diane) of London, Jonathon of Toronto, Jamie of Dundas and Kelly, Kathy and Karen of Thunder Bay.

Upon retirement in 2000, David and Karen moved to Lake Muskoka. In 2008 they built their dream home in Bracebridge and moved into town. They have been very active in the community. One of the highlights of David’s life was being given the chance to ride in the 2010 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, a bicycle ride from Vancouver to Halifax to raise money for children’s cancer. An accident prevented him from riding but he participated and raised $30,000 towards the cause. Habitat for Humanity, Muskoka Advent Choir and the Men of Song were other groups that he particularly enjoyed.

David’s career included the Valhalla Companies, Royal Trust and lastly as Senior Vice President CIBC Development Corporation. Cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life will take place on April 19, 2015 at The Rotary Centre, 131 Wellington St. S., Bracebridge, from 2 to 4 p.m. and we invite all who knew David. You are also invited to send a message of condolence/short story for inclusion in a “Memory Book” being put together for the family to (send to either heaslip@cogeco.ca or karenheaslipmuskoka@yahoo.ca).

Thanks to Dr. Ken Hotson whose intelligence identified David’s illness and whose devotion to care made the journey less painful for both David and the family. A wonderful doctor and friend.

David’s belief: “In the end, they may forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Your donation will go towards helping children and families living with and beyond cancer.

 

Give in Memory of David Heaslip

 

Spirit Award recognizes Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation contributions

Posted on: 18 Feb 2015

jeff-rushton-spirit-awardThe Childhood Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I) recently presented Jeff Rushton with its prestigious Spirit Award for 2014. The award recognizes Jeff’s vision, leadership and commitment to helping raise funds in support of childhood cancer camps all across Canada.

COCA-I is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families. Founded in 1982, the association now has over 125 member oncology camps in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.

The 2014 Spirit Award was announced at the recent COCA-I conference. Only one Canadian recipient is recognized each year.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Tour For Kids, the inaugural event organized and run by Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. The first event, held in 2004, involved only a few dozen cyclists participating in a 4-day epic cycling challenge, with an 800 km route through Ontario cottage country. The highlight of the first year’s event was an overnight stay at Camp Trillium in Wellington, Ontario.

The experience helped establish Tour For Kids as one of the most-anticipated and best attended cycling fundraising events each year. Over that 10 year period, Tour For Kids has now raised and distributed over $10,000,000 to childhood cancer camps all across Canada, bringing children with cancer and their families together, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

“On behalf of everyone at Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, I am honoured and humbled by this. What this award really recognizes though is the contributions over the past ten years of our entire community of supporters, sponsors, participants, volunteers and ambassadors. It is that community that is truly making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.”

Jeff Rushton, Founder and Chair, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

“Once in a lifetime you meet someone like Jeff Rushton and the group of riders, volunteers and sponsors who make Tour for Kids happen. With their support, childhood cancer camps all across Canada are now helping improve the quality of life of more children living with cancer.”

Fiona Fisher, Director of Fundraising, Camp Trillium

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation distributes $4.85 million to childhood cancer programs for 2014

Posted on: 21 Dec 2014

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As we near the end of the year, we each reflect on our accomplishments, count our blessings and give thanks for the goodness in our lives.

All of us at Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation want to thank you for your commitment to the cause of childhood cancer, for your active engagement in our many events and programs, and for your determination to raise funds to help improve the quality of life and health outcomes of children with cancer.

And so it’s with much gratitude and some pride that we’re able to share the results of our collective efforts in 2014. Last week we wrote more than 60 cheques to childhood cancer charities and pediatric oncology hospitals across Canada. These cheques totalled $4,850,000. Once again in 2014, we are so proud to hold true to our commitment to distribute 100% of your receipted donations.

These funds are being distributed to organizations in every province in Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland… organizations that have committed to helping children with cancer and their families:

  • $1.9 million to the many camp organizations that give children a break from their cancer. These organizations work year-round, at summer camp locations, at city camps and even in the hospitals to help bring the fun and relief of a camp experience to the children who most need it. We are so proud to support Camp Trillium, Camp Quality, Camp Oochigeas, Kids Cancer Care Alberta, Camp Delight, Camp Goodtime and Lions Sick Children’s Fund
  • $950,000 to help fund over 20 organizations in communities across Canada that support children with cancer and their families. This often involves helping families pay the rent or mortgage or other bills while they look after their child with cancer
  • $850,000 directly to the Pediatric Oncology Research Floor at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids. Because we will not stop until we’ve reached our Destination: Beyond Kids Cancer
  • $675,000 to fund important pediatric oncology research projects at other hospitals in Canada
  • $400,000 to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), for family financial assistance
  • $75,000 to Ontario Parents Advocating for Children With Cancer

2014 was a challenging year, and like many other charitable foundations and fundraising programs, our overall participation, donations and sponsorship dollars were down slightly from the previous year.

However next year is shaping up to be very exciting and we’re hoping to bring even more people into this amazing Coast to Coast Against Cancer family and community.

So, in 2015 we’ll be back with Tour For Kids events in the West, and an all-new format in Ontario and the Maritimes. We will be expanding The Inside Ride program in Western Canada. And the 2015 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride already has a large number of returning riders who are committed to cycling across Canada for childhood cancer (and there’s still room for more!)

Plus, we’ll be adding a number of new and exciting events in 2015 and 2016 to help reach and engage new audiences: a cool new urban adventure cycling event (get your fixies ready!), a pop culture event associated with Fan Expo in September, and a winter “snow-athlon” event featuring skiing, snow-shoeing and fat bikes!

As we approach the holiday season and wrap up 2014, we want to thank you for your support, commitment, energy and dedication… we really love having you part of our family! Even more importantly, together, we are making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

So as you wrap up your year and pause to reflect on your accomplishments, count your blessing or give thanks for all the goodness in your life, you might also give yourself a pat on the back. Because somewhere in Canada a child with cancer or their parent is also giving thanks for the support they received from the very organizations that your efforts have funded.

Happy Holidays!

 


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Order your complete Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation kit today!

Posted on: 12 Oct 2014
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Show the world you’re part of a great community and order your complete foundation cycling kit

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TWO GREAT DESIGNS
TO CHOOSE FROM

So you’ve ridden in Tour For Kids, maybe more than once! Perhaps you’ve
done an Inside Ride or even some of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.
Or maybe you’ve volunteered at one or more of these great events or run a
fundraiser for Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.

Yup, you’re a true-blue, fully-accredited, certified, card-carrying member of
the Coast to Coast Against Cancer family!

Order your Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation branded cycling clothing. The classic grey and gold design has been worn by the Coast to Coast team for a number of years and is the same quality as the Tour for Kids kit.

Be the first to show up on a ride with the new, hi-tech “All-Black” Foundation kit and you’ll go directly to the front of the peloton! This new Slick jersey from Louis Garneau is fabricated using an advanced moisture-wicking fabric, aerodynamic seams and a laser finish and includes a full-length hidden zip, 3 back pockets with reflective trim, aero lazer band at arm, mesh side panels and silicone gripper. Only jerseys, bib and regular shorts, socks and gloves are available in this design.

So, be one of the cool kids and order your complete set of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation kit in grey/gold and all-black today. You’ll look completely “pro” in either of these high-performance kits. You’ll be telling the world that you’re part of this great Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation community. And best of all, you’ll be helping the Foundation: a portion of the sale proceeds will come back the Foundation so we can continue to help children who are living with and beyond cancer.

To order yours, just visit and shop online at the secure Louis Garneau website: https://ppr.louisgarneau.com/coasttocoast

THE FINE PRINT

  • Orders must be placed by October 20, 2014
  • Your credit card will be charged once the order has been placed online
  • All orders will be shipped to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation office in Toronto for pick-up only
  • You will be notified when your order is available for pick-up (by mid-December)
  • No additional orders will be placed after the closing date and no additional inventory will be available
  • If you have any questions about ordering, payment or pick-up, please contact sharon.andres@ctcacf.org
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The SuperHero Ball

Posted on: 07 Aug 2014

UPDATE: August 10, 2014: Due to unforeseen circumstance, SickKids, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and Fan Expo decided to postpone the inaugural SuperHero Ball to August 28, 2015, when it will be held in connection with Fan Expo 2015. We remain very committed to the SuperHero Ball concept and we intend to make the 2015 SuperHero Ball an incredible event experience for Fan Expo participants, guests, celebrities and sponsors. The SuperHero Ball will raise awareness and funds to benefit childhood cancer research, care and programs at SickKids Hospital.

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation in partnership with Fan Expo Canada (TM) and SickKids Foundation, is launching the inaugural SuperHero Ball, Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The SuperHero Ball is held in connection with Fan Expo, which draws over 120,000 people to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in celebration of all things pop culture: comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming, cosplay, and of course every SuperHero who ever saved the world.
 

GET READY TO PARTY LIKE IT’S STARDATE 41153.7!

Get ready for an evening of fun… pick out your favourite costume, or just come as you are and enjoy the Cosplay Parade as geeks and fans alike strut into the SuperHero Ball dressed as their favourite superhero, fantasy, comic, gaming or movie character. Either way, it will be a party you’ll never forget! Great food and cash bar, $125 p/p

THE VIH PACKAGE (Very Important Hero)!

Want to up the ante for even more exclusive fun? Sign up for the Very Important Hero package and you’ll have the key to the VIH reception where you’ll meet the Fan Expo celebrities in person. Great food and open bar. $249 p/p

BE A SUPERHERO SPONSOR!

Become a SuperHero Ball sponsor and you’ll be able to entertain up to 10 quests in your own exclusive themed SuperHero lounge, with comfy couches and cocktail tables, special menu items, food and beverage services. PLUS, Fan Expo celebrities such as Michael Rooker, Stan Lee, Leeanna Vamp and others, will join your group to chat, sign autographs and take selfies with your guests. (For pricing and details please contact katie.mchugh@sickkidsfoundation.com)

After the Cosplay Parade, the party will move into hyperdrive with our celebrity DJs. Get ready to drop your shields and power up your force-fields and dance like a SuperHero late into the night at an after-party of kapow proportions!

The SuperHero Ball will be hosted by a celebrity emcee, with special guest appearances by Lights, Jian Gomeshi and many other Fan Expo celebrities and stars.

SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION

Send the fun into orbit by bidding on amazing silent and live auction items such as experiences, travel, comic, movie and celebrity collectibles and so much more.

Net proceeds will go to Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and SickKids Foundation in support of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids.

Sign up today and get ready to be a SuperHero!  http://superheroball.com/  

 


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