This August, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!
my name is Roger and I will be turning 61 this year, I have pretended to do this challenge for many years and this is the year! My reason are a few. Memories, jealousy and anger. The memories of summers with my friends growing up, of the smell of campfires, of exploring cheeks and catching crayfish, of exploring ‘far off’ places on my bike in the then town of Burlington and sleep overs in tents, sometimes during thunderstorms, catching firefly's and Hide and seek Think of the movies of Stand by me, the Goonies, a group of friends making memories for a life time. The memories of my youth with my friends. Jealousy because I listen to kids playing nowadays, their laughter, their carefree days and ways, knowing they are creating their own memories to last a life time as mine are long past. Anger because kids get cancer, they spend their time, sometime months in a hospital dreaming, dreaming of sleep overs, their friends. Not exploring ‘far off’ places, not camping and campfires, not having carefree days with their friends but maturing early, of being strong while trying to understand why them. Angry because life isn't fair, cancer isn't fair. Childhood is not something you get a ‘do over’. Its once for a short time and then its gone and the kids miss their chance to make memories to last a life time that we have. So help me raise money so that in the future, more kids can make their memories to last a life time. Hospitals are not playgrounds, they are not woods, creeks or forts and not places where kids should reside in for months, Beat Cancer, free kids, let memories bloom! Support me in my goal as I do my small part.