Cycling for cancer support
Topher Seguin Photo Grade 12 Innisdale Secondary School students, from left, Cam Lacey, Kealey Clarke and Stephen Welsh will participate in The Inside Ride event May 1 at Georgian BMW and May 2 at their school.
Kealey Clarke knows no amount of pedalling will bring back her best friend, Adam Fedosoff.
But the Barrie teen will be hopping on a stationary bike to keep his memory alive and help a cause they both believed in - The Inside Ride for the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation - to help others like Adam.
"My best friend just died of leukemia. I was really close to Adam, and I got to see the difference money from this event made to his family," said Clarke, a Grade 12 student at Innisdale Secondary School. "He and I brought the ride to our school and to Barrie in 2010, because we wanted to give back in some way to the foundation."
Adam Fedosoff, a Grade 12 student at Innisdale, died March 11 after a five-year battle with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.
The school will hold its own event on May 2, but the public can take part in the Barrie Inside Ride on May 1 at Georgian BMW, located at 220 Essa Rd., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
It's an hour-long event that challenges teams of six to pedal a stationary bike for 10 minutes per person to uplifting music and an energetic emcee.
Teams are encouraged to fundraise prior to the event, and 100% of the money raised goes to child cancer families.
"It's a great way to help others in your community, especially when you know this event has helped someone here," Clarke said.
"People are jumping on board and I get more excited about this event than I do Christmas. Being able to do this event takes away some of the helplessness we've felt when we couldn't help Adam."
Clarke and her buddies Stephen Welsh and Cam Lacey have formed Team Feddy and they'll participate in both events in memory of Adam.
"People need to look past beyond their own lives and do something to help people in their community," Lacey said. "I'll be riding both days, and it's a lot of fun."
"There was nothing we could do to help him, but this was something we could do because of him," Welsh said. "I realized what an effect this has on the families of kids with cancer, like Adam. When my dad came to the first event, it impacted him as well. He has helped us take the event farther."
Welsh's father, John, who is vice-president of Georgian Automotive Group, has arranged for the public event to take place at the BMW dealership.
"In support of the organization and because of our love for Adam, I thought it'd be nice to have the ride at our BMW dealership, which overlooks the city," said John, who's also part of Team Feddy. "It's all about raising funds for this foundation. We've organized this as a corporate event, and there's never been a corporate event for the Inside Ride in Barrie before."
Jenn Davies, Coast to Coast's Inside Ride program co-ordinator, said Barrie's fundraising efforts are much appreciated.
"The event is growing leaps and bounds, and The Inside Ride has raised more than
$4 million," she said.
"Innisdale has raised $30,000 in two years, and they've surpassed most schools,"?Davies added. "The school and community has really come together and rallied around this event."
All of the money raised at the May 1 event will be donated to Coast to Coast Against Cancer in Team Feddy's name.
To register a team for the ride, or for pledge forms, visit http://Georgian.theinsideride.com, or call 705-796-7752.