The third and final stage of the Cross-Canada Bamboo Bicycle Expedition
(BBE) is underway! Bernie and Ross drove from to Thunder Bay, Ontario
where Ross finished Phase 2 of the expedition back in May. From here we
will ride across Ontario, Quebec, Maine and finally dip our tires in the
Atlantic at Saint John, New Brunswick.
Our starting point was the Terry Fox memorial just outside of Thunder
Bay. Terry lost his right leg to cancer as a young man. Unwilling to be
defined by this lost and his ongoing battle with cancer, Terry inspired
generations of Canadians, when at the age of 22, he set out to run across
Canada to raise funds for cancer research. In his “Marathon of Hope”
Terry ran 26 miles per day from the Atlantic coast, reaching mile 3339
near the current memorial, where he was forced to stop. Terry passed
shortly afterwards, on June 28, 1981. While his dream of completing the
cross-Canada run was not fully realized, his heroic effort has raised
tens of millions of dollars for cancer research.
It occurs to us that this amazing
athlete set himself apart by focusing not on his disability, but on his
ability...his ability to run immense distances, using a prosthetic
leg...to achieve what had never been done before. We were recently sent a
short video of a young man, a former dancer in Uganda, who, five years
ago lost the use of his legs to disease. Like Terry, this young man now
focuses on what he can do, performing beautiful dance routines,
using a wheelchair made of bamboo.
As you know, our Cross-Canada Bamboo Bicycle Expedition is a fundraiser
with proceeds going to purchase wheelchairs and walkers for kids living
with disabilities in Uganda. Our hope is that the recipients of these
mobility devices will pursue their dreams and abilities to reach their
full potential. Please
support our efforts by making a donation through Embrace International
and by following us on Facebook and Instagram. See details below, along
with our targeted itinerary over the coming weeks.
By the way, we are meeting lots of interesting people along the way…and
asking three questions:
What do you love about
What do you love about
where you live in Canada?
Can you tell us a story
about someone you know personally who is living with a disability?
The answers have been pretty
interesting! More to follow later and on Instagram and Facebook.
The Old Guys in Action
Cross-Canada Bamboo Bicycle Expedition (BBE) is a fundraiser for Embrace International Foundation,
a Canmore-based NGO that works with children living with disabilities in