Wheels in motion for cancer fundraiser
Emily Gill isn't taking her friend's illness sitting down. But she is going for a bike ride.
The Barrie Central Collegiate Grade 12 student is honouring her friend and cancer fighter Adam Fedosoff, and has organized the Inside Ride, taking place on Tuesday at the downtown high school.
The two-hour indoor stationary bicycle cycling challenge is raising money for children living with childhood cancer and their families through the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.
Fedosoff, 16, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 13 and is currently fighting cancer for the third time after relapsing twice.
Students, staff and community members -- including firefighters and other special guests -- will make up teams of six cyclists, who will each ride for 10 minutes.
"Childhood cancer really didn't hit home to me, until I started to watch Adam fight for his life," said Gill. "As a teenager, you don't think of cancer happening to one of your friends. But everyday, children like Adam are being robbed of their childhood and forced to grow up.
"However, there is something within their determination to fight. Their big smiles, even though are suffering, is an astonishing inspiration."
Gill said students will be biking for a reason on May 17.
"We'll be cycling for the fighters, survivors and the ones lost, but certainly not forgotten," she said. "And we will be biking for hope. Because once you choose hope, anything is possible."
The Inside Ride runs from 10 a.m. to noon.
Contributions can still be made to the Inside Ride by visiting www.barriecentral. theinsideride. c om. Cash donations can also be dropped off at the Barrie Central office.