Laura Laverty

Laura Laverty
Riding in memory of Andrew Laverty
Cancer is the largest killer of kids in Canada, 27 children are diagnosed every week. Please donate now and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer!
I've Ridden 620.4 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 47th
  • Province: 8th in AB
I've raised $6,679.31 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Andrew Laverty

Andrew Laverty

Forever my teacher, my hero, my child, ride on with me dragonfly.

My Story

26 Jun 2020

This August, in memory of Andrew, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer.

Why? Because right now, over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it. Andrew at 17, should not have been diagnosed with colon cancer, and he should have celebrated not only his 19th birthday, but his 99th too.

So I am raising funds through my challenge to help these kids and support SickKids Foundation to allow them to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Please support me by making a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Your support will change little lives.

Thank you.

My Challenge

  • 34.9 km ride - Evening Ride - Thursday, September 10, 2020
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    Logged this ride 11 days ago
  • 0.0 km ride - Evening Ride - Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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    Logged this ride 13 days ago
  • 81.7 km ride - Sat ride - Saturday, September 5, 2020
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    Logged this ride 16 days ago
  • An Incredible Journey
    2 Sep 2020

    What an incredible journey riding in the Great Cycle Challenge has been. The moment I registered I was filled with mixed emotion. Sadness missing Andrew, worry that I would disappoint, hope for the future and a cure that would alleviate the suffering of children and their families and, determination that I was going to do this come hell or high water! Emotions ebbed and flowed throughout. There were many highs as the km's and donations grew, many tears for Andrew, and the occasional pang of worry that I'd not make it to the tops of the hills on my mountain rides, and with no AAA or a cab to call for a rescue, quiting was not an option! 🀣.

    On my rides, I drew strength from many of you who have provided me a great source of love, support and inspiration over the years. I asked that you be my coach, and you came through 10-fold πŸ€—β€. I needed you and you didn't let me down. Many well wishes, thoughtful messages and phone calls kept me pushing forward.

    I am so proud of US! We contributed to 4,331,327km ridden and $9,199,102 raised! That is really something to feel good about β€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ

    As the GCC comes to a close, it is fitting that September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Please keep the little ones currently fighting their greatest battle, in your thoughts and hearts.

    The final fundraising tally will come out around October after riders have had an opportunity to load cash donations and collect their pledges, but my word, I'd say its been a hugely successful campaign event!

    Thank you all so much for supporting the SickKids Foundation, the important research they are doing, and programs they provide. Thank you, for supporting me and my ride in memory of my child, your grandson, nephew, cousin, friend. Andrew was with me every km of the journey. The solo dragonfly often at my side, reminded me, that I am not alone❀

    Much love to you all!

    An Incredible Journey
    Posted 20 days ago
  • 23 Aug 2020

    Hooray!!! I met my 500 KM goal today! Today's ride is dedicated to all of my supporters and sponsors of the Great Cycle Challenge fundraiser for SickKids Foundation β€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€ with 8 days to go, we are going to blow this right off the trails, and KICK CANCER'S BUTT ROYALLY! πŸ’ͺ

    Posted 29 days ago
  • 79.6 km ride - Sunday ride for SickKids Foundation! - Sunday, August 23, 2020
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    Logged this ride 29 days ago
  • 34.9 km ride - Back to boring! - Friday, August 21, 2020
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    Logged this ride 31 days ago
  • 19 Aug 2020

    Another great ride today for SickKids - 70.99 km; Johnston Canyon to Lake Louise! 389km completed, 111 to go! Breathtaking scenery, Andrew is helping get me over the climbs, and sharing the thrill of the race back down the other side ❀

    Posted 34 days ago
  • Made it to Banff!
    19 Aug 2020

    Another ride for the kids, August 17, in the spectacular scenery of the mountains, Johnston Canyon to Banff! πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€

    $6474.31 raised, 318 km down, 182 km to go!

    Made it to Banff!
    Posted 34 days ago
  • 71.0 km ride - Johnston Canyon to Lake Louise - Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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    Logged this ride 34 days ago
  • 53.8 km ride - Johnston Canyon Lodge to Banff - Monday, August 17, 2020
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    Logged this ride 35 days ago
  • Sunwapta Falls to Jasper, for Andrew
    17 Aug 2020

    August 15, marked the 12th anniversary of Andrew's passing. It's been an emotional few days. The beauty here in the mountains is breathtaking, and I am overwhelmed by it. Andrew would have loved it here. As I cycled Hwy 93 Saturday, getting lost in the views, pushing up and flying back down the hills, I remembered how much Andrew loved to bike. I imagined him doing the extreme mountain riding here, and I am certain he would have conquered the trails, jumps, and crazy dangerous maneuvers, and then given me many heart attacks while recounting his experience, because that was Andrew. He loved the thrill a touch of danger gave, and he certainly loved to get a rise out of mom. Many, many tears flowed on my ride, and with deep determination and an angels push, got me to the finish line much faster than I anticipated. We did it Andrew, we did it β€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ

    Thank you to everyone for your ongoing love and support. And, for your donations to SickKids in Andrews memory. Cancer needs to go. No more suffering, no more loss.

    Sunwapta Falls to Jasper, for Andrew
    Posted 35 days ago
  • 54.3 km ride - Lunch Ride - Saturday, August 15, 2020
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    Logged this ride 37 days ago
  • Kick Cancer's Butt TODAY!
    13 Aug 2020

    Today donations will be matched up to 1 Million dollars! If you've been contemplating making a donation, today is the day to do it! Thank you for joining me in the effort to Kick Cancer's Butt! β€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ

    Kick Cancer's Butt TODAY!
    Posted 39 days ago
  • Soooo windy today!!!
    9 Aug 2020

    I'm pleased to report I managed an 87km ride today despite the wind. Steady at 29km from the west, and holy those 53km wind gusts were a tad nerve racking at times! Thankfully I didn't end up in a ditch or sucked into the traffic vortex!

    I'm 210 km into my 500 km goal. When I'm out there, free from the bustling city, I think about those who have brought me strength and inspiration over the years, and it drives me forward.

    Today's difficult ride, is dedicated to all the bereaved mom's (and dad's) in my world. We've been brought together through immense tragedy and unbearable loss. Together we have faced many uphill battles, spiraled when the world moved faster than we could, sought comfort in the moments we could not imagine continuing on, or ever believe that someday, a smile might cross our face because we've a small touch of joy in our world. I love you all so much ❀.

    Thank you for everyone's ongoing love and support, together, we can KICK CANCERS BUTT!

    Soooo windy today!!!
    Posted 43 days ago
  • 87.0 km ride - Sunday ride for SicKids - Sunday, August 9, 2020
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    Logged this ride 43 days ago
  • 25.2 km ride - Hills for SickKids! - Thursday, August 6, 2020
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    Logged this ride 46 days ago
  • 5 Aug 2020

    Zoomie laps last night, reminded me of how fun it was to be a kid ripping around my own little raceway, a big smile on my face, and not a care in the world. As life should be for all little ones! $5060 raised, 98 km down, 402 to go!!! πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€ A HUGE thank you to all supporters, you are part of an important movement to better the lives of children, and keep them doing their on zoomies on bikes! ❀

    Posted 47 days ago
  • 25.0 km ride - Intervals for SickKids ❤ðΕΈΕ‘´â€âℒ€ï¸Β - Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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    Logged this ride 48 days ago
  • $5,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $5,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 50 days ago
  • Today, the challenge begins
    1 Aug 2020

    Today, as I sat waiting for my bike light to charge, and my cycle gear to finish drying, I was overcome with emotion. I've been working hard and highly focused on getting physically ready for the Great Cycle Challenge, and I must say, incredibly motivated by the outpouring of encouragement and sponsorship!

    But today, as I sat reading all the text messages pouring in, it became, yet another sobering day. Andrew fills my thoughts, and I miss him terribly. The young ambassadors of GCC, have sent words of encouragement to the participants, and their will to fight cancer, to survive, reminds me so much of Andrew during his battle. As I wiped away the tears, and moved through the grief that is still there, Andrews legacy, and who he was, became my inspiration and purpose for today's kickoff ride.

    It was the ride of the damsels and dragonflies. Proof Andrew was riding by my side. ❀

    Today, the challenge begins
    Posted 51 days ago
  • 73.0 km ride - Great Cycle Challenge Kickoff Ride! - Saturday, August 1, 2020
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    Logged this ride 51 days ago
  • Just in time!
    31 Jul 2020

    Today my Super Hero Jersey arrived, just in time for tomorrow's spin off to August!

    21 days ago, we reached $2500 in funds raised. Today, we've hit $4430!!! THANK YOU!!! You are all Super Heroes in my eyes πŸ•Έ

    Please keep the encouraging messages coming, and there is still time to pledge!

    Let's do this! πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβ€

    Just in time!
    Posted 52 days ago
  • 6 Days to the Start Line!
    26 Jul 2020

    Today I had a fantastic training ride, the longest ride I've ever done, 103KM!!!

    With your generosity, we have reached $3500 for the SickKids Foundation!

    We are so doing this! August 1, here we come, its so time to kick cancer's butt!

    6 Days to the Start Line!
    Posted 57 days ago
  • 🚴‍♀️ $3015 raised!
    19 Jul 2020

    I want to take a moment, to express my love and appreciation, for my and Andrew's family, friends, and colleagues.

    When I committed to the Challenge a few short weeks ago, I really wasn't sure what to expect, and I questioned my ability to meet the goals I'd set. I am completely overwhelmed with the generous donations made to SickKids Foundation in Andrew's memory, and I am truly touched and encouraged by all the supportive messages I am receiving.

    Today, I rode 75 km! Your cheers are pushing me to do better, to go farther and faster. Look out August, I may just surpass my 500 km goal!

    In 13 days the Challenge officially begins. Contributions to date have blown my fundraising goal out of the water, 5x's over! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Super Hero Jersey to wear on my next ride. I couldn't be doing this without you, thank you! ❀

    Posted 64 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 73 days ago
  • Pouring Rain & jerseys?!
    8 Jul 2020

    The rain in AB is sure putting a damper on practice riding again this week. BUT! Tonight, I found my Candadian Cycle Challenge jersey on the front steps! I received one because you wonderful people donated $500!

    I've since reached an unbelievable $2215!

    THANK YOU! πŸ€—β€πŸ€—

    If our fundraising effort reaches $2500, a second very special Super Hero jersey designed by the children will also be delivered to me, compliments of an amazing sponsor for the Sick Kids Foundation, in recognition of your amazing generosity, and to keep me going!!!

    So, despite my bike (aka Ruby), getting totally drenched on the way to my riding point, and having to turn back home, I am super excited for Thursday when the sun is supposed to shine and my wheels can hit the road again!

    Thank you again to all my sponsors, lets do this!

    Pouring Rain & jerseys?!
    Posted 76 days ago
  • Remembering Andrew's final Canada Day, 2008
    1 Jul 2020

    Family and friends,

    I've been working hard in preparation of Augusts Cycle Challenge . I've also been reminiscing over old photos. Andrew's final Canada Day was spent with family at Lake Huron, then he zoomed home to see "the girls." I love this photo, it's one of many special images captured of him that day.

    I'm reaching out to family and friends for sponsorship, and also ask that you be my coach. This is hard. Really hard, and I need your love and encouragement to see it through. And the Sickkids Foundation needs you too, every dollar raised goes to necessary cancer research.

    Stay safe while you celebrate today, wave a flag, set off a fire cracker, and raise a toast to Andrew ❀ thanks so much!

    Remembering Andrew's final Canada Day, 2008
    Posted 82 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 87 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 88 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 88 days ago
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