Give to Live

Over the past thirteen years, we have hosted approximately 10,000 individuals in our home. Of those 10,000 people, a number of them make a special connection with us and become like part of our family. This week we have been delighted to welcome back one of our favourites, Bruce, as he prepares to bicycle the entire Cabot Trail tomorrow (300km with steep elevations) with the Give to Live organization, fundraising for the Cancer Society. As a 10-year Cancer survivor himself (YAY!), Bruce has done a number of rides, all over the world.

Although Bruce has surpassed his personal fundraising goal of $6000, the total event goal of $100,000 is still a few thousand dollars short. Bruce recently posted the following on his Facebook page:

“This morning a couple of donations put us over my commitment to Give to Live for funding $6,000 of the commitment to Dr. Ryan Rhodes’s research into nutrition and exercise and its potential impact the prevention of cancer. I could not be more proud of our donors and everyone who considered it, but had other obligations. Know that every penny goes to this commitment… G2L funds its own admin costs (credit card processing, Web admin expenses, and so on) through corporate commitments and sharing programs with the sponsors it thanks on its website. This is the reason that I am 100% committed to riding with these folks and to everyone who even considers donating. Philanthropy is critical to every human endeavor… thank you for being human… those who would like to, can still donate to my site or to any of my fellow riders who are not over their total… it all goes to the same good cause… thanx again… BRuce”

You can follow Bruce’s blog here: blueknowser.blogspot.ca

One of the teams who are riding, “KMS Crew”, is made up of three of our neighbours/friends (one is our children’s doctor), each riding a 100km leg. They are still $650 short of their fundraising goal.

I do not know of anyone whose life has not been touched by this devastating disease. I encourage you to donate if you are able – whether to Bruce, the KMS Crew, or to any of the teams.

Donate to The Big Ride by clicking here.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

Give to Live. Photo taken from Bruce's Blog (see link above). Photo credit:

Give to Live. Photo taken from Bruce’s Blog (see link above).

Locks of Love -especially poignant today

Today our daughters, Sarah & Olivia, donated their ponytails when they had their hair cut to use to make wigs for kids with Cancer. We currently have some extremely special people in our lives battling this terrible disease, including the two-year-old child of friends and colleagues. We also have some close family members fighting the disease. Today, one of our dearest friends was put into palliative care. And then there is our niece (in law) Emily who does not know what the future holds with her new diagnosis http://swimminhill.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/. We wanted to do something that felt like we were helping and donating their ponytails was something that was age appropriate for the girls and made them feel like they were doing something – even if not for our own family or friends, then for someone who is special to someone else…

Before:

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Olivia after. These are her natural curls…

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Olivia after she had her hair straightened:

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Sarah after. She has very thick, straight hair, so had (some of) her hair curled.

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Beautiful sisters’ new haircuts!

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