Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson
Riding in memory of Laurie Kingston
Thanks to a generous donation from my dear sister in law Ann I have hit my fundraising goal. Thanks all👊
I've Ridden 2,956.5 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 170th
  • Province: 81st in ON
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $2,640 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Laurie Kingston

Laurie Kingston

None of us knows when our time will come. We need to live bravely, love fiercely, and hold on to the things that matter. We need to tell those we care for how much they mean to us, and to do those things we always wanted to do. No matter how long we have on this earth, we need to truly live. Laurie Kingston

My Story

14 Jun 2019

This campaign focuses on kids with cancer and we should also remember that kids have parents that get cancer. And that can have a huge impact on them, regardless of the outcome. I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer in memory of one such parent, Laurie Kingston, whose two sons have lived with the illness and, since January, 2018, the loss of their mother.

But since Laurie died I've been having a really difficult time getting around the idea of kids never getting to be grownups alongside their parents. I know it happens. It happened to me. And on the scale of human suffering there's a lot more harsh out there. But it is harsh.

So it seems apt that my on-bike suffering have some sort of purpose, namely to ease the pain of those with the disease or whose parents have the disease. Even if in a small way.

I also have family who've cared for a child with the disease and I'm raising money so parents can have more of the support they deserve.

My Challenge

  • 68.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, July 18, 2019
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  • 69.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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  • 66.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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  • 77.4 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, July 14, 2019
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  • 144.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 13, 2019
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  • 63.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, July 11, 2019
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  • 84.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, July 8, 2019
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  • 48.0 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, July 7, 2019
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  • 80.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 6, 2019
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  • 71.0 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, July 4, 2019
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  • 66.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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  • 81.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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  • Humbling effort: thanks to everyone who donated
    30 Jun 2019

    Today's the last day of the Great Cycle Challenge Canada and I squeaked in my goal-meeting ride. I've been really lucky to have so many supporters — I met my fundraising goal a week or so ago. Thank you everyone.

    I've noticed a couple of things this month:

    There are a lot of really brave and determined people out there. I've been following the Facebook Group and have been blown away by the stories people have. People getting back on their bikes after 30 years. People who are riding to their chemotherapy appointments because every kilometre counts. People borrowing bikes from neighbours because they feel so strongly about taking part.

    It's very humbling.

    Tough as all this effort seems, it's a lot more fun than living the daily life of some of the kids in care of Toronto Sick Kids. I read one story of a 15 year old who's been in and out of treatment since she was five. I had to let that sink in. Did you?

    There she is, smiling and surgery, radiation and chemotherapy is quite possibly all she knows.

    So I like to think this effort will let her know a bit more ease as she continues her journey.

    Humbling effort: thanks to everyone who donated
    Posted 19 days ago
  • 122.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 30, 2019
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  • 77.7 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 29, 2019
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  • 86.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 27, 2019
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  • 55.7 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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  • 69.2 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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  • 26.4 km ride - Evening Ride - Monday, June 24, 2019
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  • One week left: looking for 400km
    24 Jun 2019

    I know, right? People have been exceptionally generous. I've raised $2500 for the Sick Kids Foundation to fight cancer. Why can't I ride 2500km this month in response.

    The fact is the generosity of my donors has exceeded my expectations and I find myself with a week left in the challenge and about 1600km ridden since June 1.

    So 900km in seven days would mean I'd need to ride 180km each time I put butt on bike. That's about five and a half hours per ride.

    Or 129km (a bit over four hours per day) and no rest days.

    The latter option isn't healthy. The former option isn't practical.

    So please accept my humble thanks for you kindness and generosity. It's a formidable tonic against these days of man-baby politics and climate crisis

    Posted 25 days ago
  • 83.3 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Sunday, June 23, 2019
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  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 26 days ago
  • 103.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, June 21, 2019
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  • 70.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 20, 2019
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  • 10.4 km ride - Film showing - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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  • 66.3 km ride - Lunch Ride - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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  • 71.2 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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  • 77.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 16, 2019
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  • 83.8 km ride - Lunch Ride - Saturday, June 15, 2019
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  • Donations matched today: leave nothing on the table
    13 Jun 2019

    Donate today and some well-heeled campaign sponsors will match it. Up to $500,000.

    It’s a cardinal sin to leave money on the table. That’s one of the things I learned in 24 years as a union staffer.

    And I think the same applies here. There’s some very affluent, well-placed donors willing to kick in half a million dollars to match anything donated today, June 13, to this campaign to fight cancer.

    Tomorrow, if they’ve not given it away, they’ll use it to hire a consultant to cut jobs, lawyers to block a union certification bid or just hand it to their shareholders as a dividend.

    So I’m trying to get them to give it away today. To kids like Simi who’s spent most of the last year in hospital being treated for acute myeloid leukemia. Or a parade of 1400 others who develop the disease each year.

    I also have family who've cared for a child with the disease and I'm riding to raise money so that they can have more of the support they deserve.

    The money benefits Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital Foundation. Donations are tax-receipted and can be anonymous.

    I’m two thirds of the way to my 1500km riding goal. Be my tailwind, won’t you? Don’t leave anything on the table.

    Donations matched today: leave nothing on the table
    Posted 36 days ago
  • 67.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 13, 2019
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  • 9.2 km ride - Client meeting - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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  • 61.3 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Monday, June 10, 2019
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  • Rideau Lakes: curvy roads, straight up generosity
    10 Jun 2019

    A busy biking weekend for me. More than 14 hours in the saddle, riding from Ottawa to Kingston and back in the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. I rode the extended loop that deeks north from Ashton, through Almonte, Lanark and Maberly before arcing south to Westport and in to Kingston.

    It's a lot of hilly, peaceful roads through forest, farms, over streams and along lakes. Gorgeous.

    If you add my little jaunt from home to the start and finish point, that's 224km per day.

    It's a route I've done a number of times so there's no great drama in starting or completing it. A ton of tiny ones, which I might blog about but with which won't burden anyone reading this.

    What was most exciting to me, though, was that just at midnight I hit my $1500 fundraising goal. Thank you Vadim. I know you're a rider too and a generous one. It's really heartening to me that you and many others are supporting this campaign.

    Rideau Lakes: curvy roads, straight up generosity
    Posted 39 days ago
  • 224.4 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 9, 2019
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  • 224.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 8, 2019
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  • 36.8 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, June 7, 2019
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  • 66.5 km ride - Lunch Ride - Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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  • 66.3 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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  • 30.2 km ride - Evening Ride - Monday, June 3, 2019
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  • Ride of the Damned to fight cancer
    3 Jun 2019

    Ride of the Damned, one of two organized events I'm doing this June, took place yesterday. It's a 180km casual raudax event north from Ottawa up to Low Québec and over top of the Paugan Dam. It's a really fun day on the bike through some of the region's most scenic riding.

    And it gets me a good way toward my goal for the month.

    https://www.relive.cc/view/2418944171

    Ride of the Damned to fight cancer
    Posted 46 days ago
  • 5.5 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Sunday, June 2, 2019
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  • 183.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 2, 2019
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  • 55.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 1, 2019
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  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 49 days ago
  • Everything to ride for, halfway to my fundraising goal
    30 May 2019

    The challenge officially starts in a couple of days. I've set a pretty tall goal both in terms of fundraising and distance. 1500. Kilometres. And dollars. Be my tailwind, won't you?

    Everything to ride for, halfway to my fundraising goal
    Posted 50 days ago
  • Still I ride
    13 May 2019

    The wet won't go away. For me, it just means there are still bike routes that are no-go zones. Which, compared to all those I know who live near water, this is nothing.

    It's actually been a bit of a rough spring also for me. There have been a couple of efforts where I've not been able to reach my target wattage/time. A lingering cold, poor sleep and aging seem to be the main culprits. But I have no answers.

    I've taken a couple of low-intensity weeks which has me in better spirits and seems to have put a bit more bounce in my legs.

    June starts with a big event — the Ride of the Damned — a 180km day-long raudax up to Low and back. Here's hoping I can do it in shorts and short sleeves.

    A donation — thanks to those who've already done so — would boost my morale and help with that inner warmth thing. Please give what you can.

    Still I ride
    Posted 67 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 79 days ago
  • April is the cruellest month
    23 Apr 2019

    Yesterday's ride evoked the opening line from T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land but for different reasons. It's been a winter that just won't give up. And I slipped on some of that indefatigable ice a week ago and landed square on my tailbone. And still if I do any action that fully engages my spinal column pain ensues.

    Fortunately, cycling isn't one of those activities, except hard efforts out of the saddle. So I've been staying seated and keeping things fairly mellow.

    Share this journey with me would you? A small donation makes a big difference.

    April is the cruellest month
    Posted 87 days ago
  • Winter is slow to leave but I'm riding outside
    5 Apr 2019

    It isn't always a ton of fun early in the season, but outside I go because riding indoors just sucks my motivation.

    And I'm motivated to ride and raise money to fight cancer. So here goes: 3300km so far this year (virtual and actual), looking to do a big month in June to raise $1500 in honour of parents and kids whose lives have been touched by the host of disesases we call cancer.

    Winter is slow to leave but I'm riding outside
    Posted 105 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 120 days ago
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