Cycling 2000 km for Cancer
$4,080 of $5,000 goal
My name is Luckie Sigouin and I am a vlogger/content creator focusing on living an optimized life! I have strong call to make a difference in this world; combine this with my love for documenting, traveling and giving back I decided to create an athletic challenge for myself that will also help a great cause.
On October 2nd, 2017, I will depart from Vancouver to cycle down to San Francisco. Before and in the duration of the cycling trip, I will be raising money for 5 individuals who are diagnosed with cancer and currently struggling to make ends meet.
My goal is to raise $5,000.00. Where will the money go?
- 5 individuals battling with cancer will receive $1,000.00 each to help ease their financial burden.
Having experienced first hand what it is like to live closely with someone with cancer in the past, I can confirm that the road isn't easy. When I observed financial burdens being a hindrance to someone I love from getting better, it disgusted me. Now that I'm in a position to make a difference, I've made the decision to act on it!
My intention with this trip is to help ease the stress during their healing journey. Unfortunately what comes along with the diagnoses for most cancer patients is the financial burden. Not only do their out of pocket expenses increase, but their ability to
work and make money decreases leaving them in a no-win situation. For each individual diagnosed with cancer, whether it is to pay for travel costs, lodging, special foods, nutritional supplements, special equipment, clothing, family members who have to take time off work or fly into provide mental and physical support etc., the financial need is unique to their own circumstance. This is why I've chosen to give $1,000 cash so that they can decide to put the funds where it is most needed.
On this cycling journey, I will be vlogging daily allowing every one of you to be a part of my challenge! The finale of the vlog series will include a documentation of the individuals battling cancer, receiving the $1,000. With your support, you can be the change with me!
Tristan - Diagnosed With Neurofibromatosis:
At birth Tristan was diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease called Neurofibromatosis Type1. ( http://www.ctf.org ) For his entire life he has dealt with tumours, pain and regular cancer testing. The doctors have been on a constant watch to make sure the tumours remain benign, unfortunately this year the results did not come back as his mother, Michelle, had always prayed for. A tumour on the back of Tristan's left leg had grown at an alarming rate, triggering a barrage of tests, extreme pain, and forcing Tristan's withdrawal from his post-secondary classes. The tumour has now grown too large for Tristan to be able to walk more than a few steps.
At a time when Tristan needs his mother’s care the most, she decided to take a leave of absence from her new job to be with him through treatments. This unfortunately leaves them financially unable to cover housing, living, and medical expenses.
Patricia - Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
At the tender age of 15, Patricia was recently diagnosed this summer with a rare type of breast cancer, Malignant Phyllodes Tumour, which only account for 1% of breast cancers. Instead of going back to school this September, she went through a mastectomy (removal of the whole breast) on September 12, forcing her to take the full semester off to heal. As she is only at the beginning of the cancer journey, Patricia's parents will need all the financial support they can get, to be free to give all their emotional support through the upcoming challenges.
Derrick - Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer
On May 10th 2017, Derrick and Lori's lives changed from enjoying the excitement of welcoming their 2nd child into the world in one month's time, to being told by an oncologist that Derrick had 6 months to live with a possibility of extention to 1 yr and a half with palliative chemo and radiation. Diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer, a large tumor was detected on his esophagus where it met the stomach. His scans indicated it had spread to his lymph nodes, adrenal gland, thyroid and liver; surgery was not given as an option. Fueled by his strong desire to live a long life with his family, and not willing to spend the last year and a half of his life weakened by conventional treatments, both Derrick and Lori shifted their focus to alternative cancer treatments. After watching a very educational documentary called “The Truth About Cancer - A Global Quest” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqJAzQe7_0g) it empowered them, and gave them hope that there were better ways to treat and even cure cancer without having to undergo toxic, debilitating, chemotherapy and radiation.
Blessed with the support of a friend he knew personally, who in the past had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her heart and lungs, given 3 weeks to 3 years to live, and is now cancer free by going down the alternative route, Derrick had been referred to her team of professionals in Vancouver. She had been an incredible resource guiding Derrick in getting the right tests and treatments for his particular condition. He had already achieved much success in shrinking most of the tumours in his esophagus, adrenal gland, and thyroid, giving him the freedom to be able to eat without pain, but he still has a long ways to go. They are confident that this is a much better path for a longer life, as it focuses on wellness and giving his body what it needs to treat the cause of the cancer (rather than just the symptoms) and heal itself.
Given that they just welcomed a new baby into their family in June, on top of Lori being on mat leave, they have limited options financially. Unfortunately there is no coverage for alternative treatments putting a heavy burden on this situation, being forced to fund all their treatments out of their pocket. Please help me give Derrick and Lori the healing space and peace they need for them to get through this difficult time, by alleviating there financial burden.
According to the oncologist, Derrick should technically have one month left. As you can see, he is alive and kicking with a smile! You can be a part of this miracle waiting to happen by contributing to this project.
Mheyah - Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer
On Sept 2015 Mheyah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She bravely underwent the recommended treatments which included a total hysterectomy and 6 rounds of chemotherapy. She was 'deemed' cancer free following these treatments. However, this past spring it has been a devastating blow to find out that her cancer has returned. Recognizing the need to go beyond conventional treatments to heal completely from this disease, Mheyah is taking a more proactive and holistic approach to her health. She has found a wonderful team of oncologists, naturopathic oncologist and consultants who are working together to give her the best chance to make a full recovery. Some of these treatments are not available in Canada or covered by our national health plan and will cost her thousands of dollars out of pocket. She needs to travel to a specialized clinic for one month mid November to December.
Mheyah lives alone, provides for herself and has had limited ability to work due to her illness. With so much at stake, her focus needs to be on her health and well being rather than on finances.
Here are all my social media accounts so that you can follow along :)
Here is the map for my trip
Only 9 more days left before the big trip, the page will be opened until I come back from the trip :)
Initially I was raising $8000 for equipment, food, camping sites that I will be staying at during my trip etc... Great news! I was able to bring it down to $4000!
So far, these amazing companies have stepped up to sponsor me that helped bring down costs:
Comor Sports - Equipment
Brodie Bikes - Equipment
Vytogo - Food
The Grind Bar - Food
( And currently in discussion with more companies in the hopes that I can bring down the costs to $0.00! )