Jen and Phil: BrainCycle Tour

Jen and Phil: BrainCycle Tour

With little to no cycling experience, two intrepid graduates from Queen's University are on the bike ride of a lifetime, from Gibraltar, through Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark to Bergen, Norway. A total of 5,000kms! 

They are raising money for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.  Their original goal was $10,000.  Having reached that target before they had even left Canada, the goal was revised to $20,000 and even this new target is looking very realistic. All funds will go to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to help current patients and their loved ones by providing support, education, information and research.
 
This journey is dedicated to Philippe’s uncle John Lech who was diagnosed with glioblastoma. John lost his battle with this aggressive type of tumour in 2007 at 46 years old. There is a section of the BrainCycle Tour website dedicated to Remembering John in both funny and poignant ways.
 
“You might not see any relevance between biking and brain tumours, and quite frankly there is none, it is more of a symbolic gesture. Neither of us has any real biking experience, in fact I don’t even own a bike yet. No matter how much we train and research our trip, nothing can truly prepare us for it, much like families stricken by brain cancer can never be truly prepared for the life altering journey they undertake. As hard as our adventure will be, physically and mentally, it is nothing compared to the difficulties those families undergo every day. It is in their honour that we are doing this, and if our efforts can change even a single person’s life for the better, then it will be worth it.” said Philippe, prior to their departure.
 
You can find out more about BrainCycle Tour and follow Philippe and Jen on their travels at: 
 
Thank you Philippe and Jen for climbing mountains (literally) to help those affected by a brain tumour.  The movement to end brain tumours is stronger thanks to you.

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Story posted: July 2015

 


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