Lorne Duke

Lorne Duke
Riding in memory of Avrum Shalom (Jeffrey) Duke
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 1,364.6 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 122nd
  • Province: 56th in ON
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $3,035 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Avrum Shalom (Jeffrey) Duke

Avrum Shalom (Jeffrey) Duke

May your memory be a blessing. Dad

My Story

5 Apr 2019

This June, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

I am riding to honour the memory of my son, Avrum, whose battle with cancer ended in May, 1982. Avrum was 10.

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.

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

  • 42.4 km ride - 42.40km Road Cycling - Thursday, July 18, 2019
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  • 36.8 km ride - 36.81km Road Cycling - Monday, July 15, 2019
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  • 47.0 km ride - 46.98km Road Cycling - Sunday, July 14, 2019
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  • 32.8 km ride - 32.84km Road Cycling - Monday, July 8, 2019
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  • 51.8 km ride - 51.76km Road Cycling - Sunday, July 7, 2019
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  • Wrap-up and thank you
    4 Jul 2019

    The Great Cycle Challenge was to have officially finished on June 30th. Due to inclement weather in many parts of the country it is continuing into July While I will continue to ride in July and will certainly accept additional contributions to my fundraising I will not be putting in the same effort as I did in June.

    In June I more than doubled my 540 km ride goal, riding 1110 km; the furthest I have ever ridden in a month. I did 2 rides in excess of 75 km. A pretty good way to celebrate my 75th birthday.

    Together we contributed $3035.00 to the fundraising effort in support of children's cancer research.

    Our efforts, both in the ride goal and the fundraising, place us in the top 1% in Canada and in the top 100 participants in Ontario.

    Thank you to everyone who joined me in honouring the memory of my son, Avrum Shalom Duke.

    Posted 16 days ago
  • 43.8 km ride - 43.81km Road Cycling - Monday, July 1, 2019
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  • 37.5 km ride - 37.53km Road Cycling - Sunday, June 30, 2019
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  • 32.9 km ride - 32.86km Road Cycling - Saturday, June 29, 2019
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  • 25.7 km ride - 25.67km Road Cycling - Thursday, June 27, 2019
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  • 50.8 km ride - 50.83km Road Cycling - Thursday, June 27, 2019
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  • 80.2 km ride - 80.19km Road Cycling - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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  • 2.6 km ride - 2.64km Road Cycling - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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  • 28.3 km ride - 28.32km Road Cycling - Monday, June 24, 2019
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  • 54.5 km ride - 54.52km Road Cycling - Sunday, June 23, 2019
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  • 54.3 km ride - 54.29km Road Cycling - Friday, June 21, 2019
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  • 37.3 km ride - 37.27km Road Cycling - Thursday, June 20, 2019
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  • 20.3 km ride - 20.29km Road Cycling - Thursday, June 20, 2019
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  • Never
    19 Jun 2019

    Day 18 - 60 kilometers

    Never did I expect to participate in an event with over 22,500 individuals sharing a common goal!

    Never did I expect to participate in an event lasting 30 days!

    Never did I expect to be among the top riders (153rd today)!

    Never did I expect to be among trhe top fund raisers (98th today)!

    Never again do I want to lose a loved one to cancer!

    Let's kick cancer's butt!

    Posted 32 days ago
  • Never
    19 Jun 2019

    Today is day 18 of the challenge and I rode another 60 kilometers.

    Never did I expect to participate in an event with over 22,500 individuals.

    Never did I participate in an event lasting 30 days.

    Never did I expect to be among the top fund raisers (98th today)

    Never again do I want to deal with losing a loved one to cancer!

    Lets kick cancer's butt!

    Never did I expect to be among the top riders (153rd today).

    Posted 32 days ago
  • 60.6 km ride - 60.58km Road Cycling - Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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  • Day 17
    18 Jun 2019

    Day 15 was a write-off between fixing a flat and replacing a tire. Yesterday and today were both '2 Chai' rides. I'm now at 625 kilometers. Will I make it to 1000 by the end of the month?

    Today was my first ride wearing my 'hero' shirt. Received several nice comments.

    Posted 33 days ago
  • 42.7 km ride - 42.66km Road Cycling - Monday, June 17, 2019
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  • 36.3 km ride - 36.32km Road Cycling - Sunday, June 16, 2019
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  • Day 14
    14 Jun 2019

    WOW!!

    Despite the wet windy weather i completed another '3 Chai' ride and reached my ride goal.

    So:

    Ride goal achieved!

    Fund raising goal achieved!

    75 km ride achieved

    Weight lost, reduced waist size achieved!

    HERO jersey received!

    Thank you to everyone who has supported me .

    L'Chiam - To Life

    Posted 36 days ago
  • 54.8 km ride - 54.78km Road Cycling - Friday, June 14, 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 38 days ago
  • 49.1 km ride - 49.14km Road Cycling - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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  • 31.6 km ride - 31.56km Road Cycling - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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  • 10.7 km ride - 10.71km Road Cycling - Monday, June 10, 2019
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  • 77.2 km ride - 77.20km Road Cycling - Sunday, June 9, 2019
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  • 22.8 km ride - From Peter's - June 8, 2019

    From 288 Pickford to 21 Rockway

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  • 15.4 km ride - To Peter's - June 8, 2019

    From 21 Rockway to 288 Pickford

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  • 24.8 km ride - 24.82km Road Cycling - Friday, June 7, 2019
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  • Day 6
    6 Jun 2019

    Rode with Ottawa Social meetup this morning and then continued on with Francine and latter by myself. 74.8 KM. Almost made my goal of doing 75 km to celebrate my birthday 3 weeks early. Here is a picture from today's ride.

    Day 6
    Posted 44 days ago
  • 28.5 km ride - 28.51km Road Cycling - Thursday, June 6, 2019
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  • 46.3 km ride - 46.31km Road Cycling - Thursday, June 6, 2019
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  • 42.6 km ride - 42.59km Road Cycling - Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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  • 2.6 km ride - 2.55km Road Cycling - Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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  • 30.0 km ride - 30.04km Road Cycling - Monday, June 3, 2019
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  • Waterways of Ottawa-Gatineau
    3 Jun 2019

    We started our ride in the rain but eventually found the sun. 4 GCC cyclists and 2 supporters rode 50 kilometers in our first group ride of the Great Cycle Challenge.

    Waterways of Ottawa-Gatineau
    Posted 48 days ago
  • 50.2 km ride - 50.20km Road Cycling - Sunday, June 2, 2019
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  • 5.3 km ride - 5.30km Road Cycling - Sunday, June 2, 2019
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  • 54.2 km ride - 54.20km Road Cycling - Saturday, June 1, 2019
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  • First Ride
    1 Jun 2019

    I've just come in from completing my first ride of the challenge. 3 chai - 54 km.. Looking forward to our first group ride tomorrow. Expecting 10 participants to ride another 50 km.

    Posted 49 days ago
  • New Fundraising Goal
    27 May 2019

    Once again I am raising my fundraising goal. My initial aspirations were modest and I revised them upwards each time the goal was met. Today I am being very ambitious. 5 Chai -$90 per day. $2700 total

    Thank you to everyone who has supported me to date. To those who have pledged support here is your opportunity.

    L'chaim - To Life

    Posted 55 days ago
  • 10 Days to go
    21 May 2019

    Reasons to celebrate:

    1. I'm over 90% of the way to achieving my revised financial goal of $1640.00.

    2. My weekly rides are now equaling the distance I need to ride each week of the challenge.

    3. My body is holding together with only minor aches and pains.

    My thanks to everyone who is supporting me.

    Lorne

    Posted 60 days ago
  • Second New Fundraising Goal
    20 May 2019

    Several days ago I achieved my original fundraising goal. Thank you to everyone who is supporting my efforts.

    Today I am revising my goal for the second time.

    The new goal is 'three chai' - $54.00 per day - for a target of $1620.00!

    Posted 62 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 67 days ago
  • New Fundraising Goal
    29 Apr 2019

    Thanks to your generous support I have exceeded my original fundraising goal over a month before the start of the challenge.

    Therefore I have doubled my goal to $1080.00; from one Chai ($18) for each day of June to two Chai ($36) for each of the 30 days of June.

    Posted 83 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 89 days ago
  • WOW!!
    18 Apr 2019

    What a day!

    Sunshine and temperatures that reached 14 degrees C.!

    First ride of the season to Manotick!

    First 'triple chai (54 km)' ride!

    First ride of the season with friends!!!!

    Posted 94 days ago
  • 11 Apr 2019

    Finally it warmed up enough for another training ride. Need to start working on my pace; I'm slow after a winter lay-off.

    Posted 100 days ago
  • Training
    7 Apr 2019

    I've just completed the first 'chai' training ride. 54 days of training to go before June 1st. Hopefully the snow will be gone from the trails soon. Some of my favorite routes are still impassable.

    Posted 104 days ago
  • Correction to 'Why 540 KM?'
    5 Apr 2019

    The third sentence of the second paragraph is missing a key word. It should read as follows:

    Some days I may ride 0 KM, other days may be 3 or even 4 chai KM (54 or even 72 KM).

    Posted 106 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 106 days ago
  • Why 540 KM?
    5 Apr 2019

    When I decided to participate in the Great Cycle Challenge I needed a goal - one that was a challenge and yet attainable. This challenge is about life, about finding cures for cancer so that children may live.

    I focused on the Hebrew word for life - chai - and decided to ride chai -18 - kilometers for each day in the month of June. That's 540 kilometers. Some days I may ride 0 KM, other days may be 3 or even 4 KM. To meet my goal I will ride more than twice as far as I rode last June

    I invite all my friends to join Team L'chaim - To Life and participate in the Great Cycle Challenge.

    Posted 106 days ago
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