Tatebe, Wes

Meet Wes Tatebe, one of our veteran Tour riders.  Wes has ridden in not one, not two, but SIX Cancervive Cycle Tours.  This year he’s making it a family affair riding with his wife, Kathy, and their 16-year old son, Seiren.  Here’s what Wes said about why he’s riding again in 2017:

 

“I recently joined the Cancervive Cycle Tour challenge for the 6th time to raise funds for people living with cancer who are supported through Wellspring Calgary. I invite you to help me exceed my fundraising goal as I participate in the 6-day cycling tour, leaving from Wellspring Calgary’s Fountain Court location through the Foothills, Kananaskis, Banff National Park, Rocky Mountain House, Cochrane, and ending at Wellspring Calgary’s Carma House.

Why am I doing this? As a Board member for Wellspring Calgary, I see and hear about the tremendous impact Wellspring has on it’s members. Unfortunately the demand and nedd continues to grow.  43 people in Alberta are diagnosed each day with a cancer diagnosis and have nowhere to turn for support.  Wellspring provides that support through free programs so no one has to face cancer alone.

This year I am riding in honor of my step-dad, Ken who is demonstrating quiet courage through his battle.  I am also riding in honor of Kathy’s Mom, Jean who we lost in 2010 in another show of incredible grace and courage.  Kathy and I will be riding along with my son Seiren who just turned 16. I am certain he will be teaching us on the tough climbs but we will be teaching him about giving back to the community to a great cause.

Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of someone living with cancer. Please support me in my efforts to have an impact on someone’s life.

Thank you in advance! I look forward to sharing stories and picture of my incredible journey with you!

Wes”

 

Help Wes reach his fundraising goal by donating here.

Welcome back, Wes! We can’t wait to see the family peloton in action this September.

Nieuwesteeg, Jerry

Meet Jerry Nieuwesteeg, one of the Godfathers of the Cancervive Cycle Tour.  Affectionately nicknamed Nuke, Jerry has been riding with and protecting us from headwinds for many, many Tours. Here’s what Jerry said about why he’s riding in the 2017 Tour:

“I’m once again going to ride for Wellspring Calgary to raise money for an organization that is a godsend for cancer patients and their families. This year will be my 4th annual ride and it’s now become an annual event for me. The riding of a bicycle is easy compared to what cancer families have to deal with. I look forward to the challenge of a 6 day ride regardless of the weather.

Why am I doing this?  To support people living with cancer who are helped by Wellspring Calgary! Did you know 43 people a day are diagnosed with cancer in Alberta? In Calgary alone, 5 people a day may be seeking a place like Wellspring to support them during their cancer experience. While medical treatment is stellar, there are so many after-effects of cancer and its treatment that cause changes to ones body, mind and spirit health. Wellspring Calgary is the only centre of its kind in western Canada that addresses the non-medical needs and changes that a cancer diagnosis can bring. Over 500 people accessed Wellspring Calgary’s services for the first time last year! And just $150 will provide free resources, support and programs for one member for one month!

Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of someone living with cancer. Please support me in my efforts to have an impact on someone’s life.

Thank you in advance!

You ROCK, you truly do!!!

Nuke”

 

Go Nuke!  We’re so lucky to have you as part of the family, practical jokes included.

Help Jerry reach his incredible $10,000 fundraising goal by donating here.