Cycling her way to raise money for Kid’s cancer
Updated: Jul 28
If you have ever experienced riding a bike, you know the feeling of freedom that it brings. Cycling can change lives in several ways. Not only it is a great way to stay fit, improve emotional health and connect with resources, but also could be a means of generating donations for a good cause.
Cancer is the leading cause of children’s death in Canada, with about 27 kids getting diagnosed every week. Having been on the edge of the diagnosis and knowing what it feels like to care for a sick child, Connie Scheibner, a woman from Wheatley raises money for kid’s cancer.
Born and brought up in Germany, the 39-year-old mother of four said that she always loved to ride her bike and spend time outdoors. “This challenge caught my eye last year during a personally challenging time when my little one was very sick and we didn’t actually know what was wrong.” Fortunately, her son did not posses any cancerous cells and could be cured through a surgery.
During this time she came across a Facebook post about the Great Cycle Challenge, a nationwide fundraising initiative to support the SickKids Foundation for kids with cancer. “Back in the hospital in London, I was confronted with sick kids, kids with cancer and it really touched me. That is when I decided that I wanted to do something to help those families,” Scheibner said. It wasn’t until she witnessed the struggle and pain dealt by kids fighting cancer that she combined her passion with her talent, attempting to ride her bike for 500 km throughout August.
“I’m really touched and overwhelmed by the community’s response. I have a couple of local artists who donated a few pieces of their work for a silent auction beginning of August. The Pogue Irish Pub is also donating one dollar per meal for the whole month of August. I’ve also got great response with donations for my wine bottle and can drive,” Scheibner said. The Wheatley bottle return will redeem the donated bottles and cans to generate more funds. Connie has been training for the event and has raised $588 since the beginning of June in addition to all the other donations.
She initiated her campaign to improve lives of children fighting cancer. However, midst her journey, she was struck by the devastating news of the loss of Michael Laliberté, a 16-year-old Wheatley boy, who was also a member of the soccer team that Scheibner coached last summer. Michal battled cancer for three years along with maintaining Honour Roll and Principal's Honour Roll. He also played, ref'd and coached for soccer and had a sense of style matched by no other. He was a fearless young man who never gave up and always fought with a smile. He was an inspiration to any one lucky enough to know him.
Scheibner is now preparing to direct all her donations and ride in the memory of Michael Laliberté. You may find more information regarding her silent auction on her Facebook page. You can also directly donate to her challenge and pledge for her ride by visiting her donation page at www.greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/ConnieScheibner.