Richard Teixeira

Richard Teixeira
Riding in memory of KATHLEEN, DONNA, EMILY, JIMMY, NICKY, ALEX, GLENN And other Friends fighting Cancer.
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 1,022.8 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 53rd
  • Province: 30th in ON
  • My Team: 8th
I've raised $6,500 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

KATHLEEN, DONNA, EMILY, JIMMY, NICKY, ALEX, GLENN And other Friends fighting Cancer.

My Story

8 Sep 2020

This August/September, I am and have been taking part for the 5th consecutive year of the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer! And we are riding to support Alex's team.

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. I am dedicating each ride to a specific person who has fought or lost their battle or one of the kids battling cancer currently.

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

  • Well we took it to 21 Rides because we could and 1000k was in striking rage and now we cut of the link to Strava
    12 Sep 2020

    Rode with about 9 other people in the KTC (Kingston Triathlon Club) on a new route through an area I ride a lot so it was worth the extra effort to get out in the cold this morning. Now we are ready to summarize the 2020 Great Cycle Challenge and the stats from rides and my team members. Tomorrow I will share some insights to this initiative and how 2020 was very different in mostly a good way for this month long initiative for a Great Cause. Made some new friends across Canada simply a great event for a Great Cause.

    Posted 11 days ago
  • 67.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, September 12, 2020
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  • 40.7 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, September 11, 2020
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  • Okay one more try at Ride 20 - Friday before work early 52 F
    10 Sep 2020

    It will be brisk but good day to finish this before work, burn some calories, and dedicate the ride to Alex and his family. Special thanks to all my sponsors a proper summary will follow here by end of the weekend for the Great Cycle Challenge 2020. And another one on Facebook with a few more pictures.

    Okay one more try at Ride 20 - Friday before work early 52 F
    Posted 13 days ago
  • Ride 20 - Still delayed looks like weather could be an issue for 2 more mornings
    9 Sep 2020

    Maybe Friday we can wrap this up? Keep you posted. Hard to believe rain again today in the morning and same forecast maybe Thunder storm in morning. and similar Thursday, Worst case Friday early morning will be final ride for Alex's Army Team and my participation. Keep you posted!

    Ride 20 - Still delayed looks like weather could be an issue for 2 more mornings
    Posted 15 days ago
  • Ride 20/21 Well why should we finish as planned its been one of those years.
    7 Sep 2020

    Scattered Showers, Thunderstorms, hmm looks like we will finish on Wed. morning early before work, lol. Last ride will be dedicated to Alex of course and final ride for me for the Alex's Army Team. Stay tuned. Can ride in light rain but lot slower and I avoid Thunderstorms, re: I already have an electrifying personality.

    Ride 20/21 Well why should we finish as planned its been one of those years.
    Posted 16 days ago
  • 57.5 km ride - RIDE 19 Dedicated to Alex the Captain - September 6, 2020

    From Amherstview to Amherstview

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  • Ride 19 - Back to our Focus on Alex's Army Team
    6 Sep 2020

    As we approach almost the end of Great Cycling Challenge 2020 and the great support of 52000 cyclists across Canada cycling for Kids Fighting Cancer I return my focus to our team of 1200 and Alex. Its been an incredible year dealing with the Pandemic and the loss of one our riders Lori Neville, but the Canadian Spirit and Team work and generous support has been almost overwhelming in kindness and support. Unbelieveable, thank you for your support again this year. I will end this campaign with Ride 20 and maybe 21. The goal today is to hit 43 K and 900k And use Ride 20/21 to go over the top of the new goal. Thank you again. After my final ride there will be a detailed close out message.

    Ride 19 - Back to our Focus on Alex's Army Team
    Posted 17 days ago
  • 39.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, September 4, 2020
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  • Ride 18 - Dedicated to Liam
    4 Sep 2020

    Here is Liam's story --

    Liam is a sweet little boy who has the ability to brighten up a room in an instant. His goal is to make sure he is making everyone around him laugh. Unfortunately, he has been dealt a hand of cards in his short little life that has made him fight very hard to be here today.

    On November 10, 2015, when only ten months old, Liam was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The pathology identified that he had a very rare and highly aggressive brain tumour known as AT/RT or Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour. 3 in 1,000,000 get this rare form of brain cancer.

    Liam’s parents, Natasha and Jerry were living in Alberta with Liam and his older brother Ryler.

    Liam had a 99% tumour resection on November 13th, 2015. He had surgery to place a shunt on December 2, 2015 and then had another day surgery to have his broviac lines placed (a central line to receive chemotherapy).

    In January 2016 he had another procedure for stem cell extraction, to be used during his does of high dose chemo. High-dose chemotherapy destroys the bone marrow, which is where new blood cells are formed. This can lead to life-threatening infections, bleeding, and other problems caused by low blood cell counts. A stem cell transplant is given after the chemo to restore the blood-forming stem cells in the bone marrow.

    Between December 17th 2015 and June 11th, 2016, he received 6 rounds of chemo including 3 high dose chemo with stem cell transplant rounds.

    In June 2016, upon completion of treatment Liam was considered NED (no evidence of disease).

    He was monitored with scans and checkups every three months. Liam did remarkably well and his parents were excited with his development and how well he was progressing. The only indication of what he had been through was the scar on his skull, primarily hidden by his new head of hair.

    Liam's dad, Jerry received a job transfer to Barrie, Ontario which started at the beginning of April 2017. Natasha, his brother Ryler and Liam were set to follow in July, at the end of the school year. This move was going to be a big restart on their lives as a family after all Liam had been through. The family knew they’d be in the best location if Liam’s cancer ever recurred as SicKKids is the home of many of the world’s best clinicians and researchers for AT/RT.

    Liam’s final MRI in Alberta was scheduled for May 1st, 2017. That afternoon the family received the devastating news that the cancer was back. The radiologist and neurosurgeon noted a small recurrence (6mm tumour) is starting to grow in the existing tumour bed.

    On May 23rd, 2017 Liam was admitted to the children’s hospital in Alberta to undergo brain surgery to resect the tumour, and send for biopsy.

    The surgery was a success in that the tumour was successfully removed with great margins (meaning the healthy tissue surrounding the tumour showed no cancerous cells).

    However, during the surgery Liam had a stroke. He woke up unable to use his left side at all. Thankfully, over time, he has regained a significant amount of movement, though he still has restrictions and deficits.

    After Liam recovered his family knew that the best place for Liam would be at SickKids in Toronto. We moved to Ontario ahead of schedule and began to meet with their new oncology and radiation teams. They designed a special 56 week “Liam” relapse protocol, specifically for him. He also underwent intensive rehabilitation to help increase the use of his left side through physio and occupational therapy.

    In July 2018 he completed the intensive phase of chemotherapy and then commenced a year-long maintenance protocol of daily oral chemotherapy, lumbar punctures, regular scans and checkups.

    Liam is a very busy boy, he loves playing with his older brother, with Lego and building forts or obstacle courses, he loves watching major league baseball, riding his bike and going swimming. He has always found a way to accommodate for his left side deficiencies.

    Ride 18 - Dedicated to Liam
    Posted 19 days ago
  • 37.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, September 3, 2020
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  • Ride 17 Is on for tomorrow Dedicated to Little Roux
    3 Sep 2020

    I have decided since I am going to complete a full 4 weeks of riding and do another 3 to 4 rides to up my riding goal to 900k. Retina appears to be healing well so we are going to ride slower and keep heart rate down until Sunday before resuming a more normal pace. This will increase length of the duration of riding but what's a ride without a new goal? I am going to wear the Spiderman hero jersey as promised to Little Roux which arrived after my retina repair process.

    Ride 17 Is on for tomorrow Dedicated to Little Roux
    Posted 21 days ago
  • No Ride but Ride 17 will likely be September 2 re- medical restrictions
    26 Aug 2020

    So the left eye has been lasered around a small hole as a precaution to avoid a bigger tear much like what was done in December in Toronto on my right eye. I am now in the Kingston stream for follow-ups and treatments so all is good. Hoping this solves Retina/Lattice issues for years to come. some of this is the aging process, some is hereditary based on size of your eyes and impact on retina aging. With sports over the years who knows. But caught early so all is good for now. Since my August ride was cut short 7 days I will extend this 7 days to get a true full month of riding in and some bonus k's in before I close the books on the 2020 ride. Thanks again for your support this year and for tracking me on Facebook for both the ride and eye situation. Just received my heroes jersey can't wait to wear it, it has a Spiderman design chosen by the Kids. Really cool. Ya. I am still not grown up at 62, lol. Little Roux is wearing the jersey in attached and I promised I would post mine to her posts in our Facebook group when I wear it so that will be fun to share with the kids. For those riding this week, Keep peddling!

    No Ride but Ride 17 will likely be September 2 re- medical restrictions
    Posted 28 days ago
  • 36.3 km ride - GCCCANADA RIDE16 hit my numbers firAugust and the 2020 challenge in memory of fellow rider Lori Nevi - Monday, August 24, 2020
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  • Ride 16 _ Dedicated to a fellow Ontario Rider Lori Neville, Of Wyoming Ontario
    24 Aug 2020

    Lori was a fellow rider and team member of Alex's Army Team in this years 2020 Great Cycling Challenge to support Kids fighting Cancer and was killed riding in this event earlier today. So a lot of us riding with a heavy heart for Lori this week.

    My breakthrough ride will be on the 24th where I break through 750k and meet my goals. Due to potential surgery on Tuesday afternoon I will loose the final week of cycling and do my bonus rides for a week in September to see where I would have finished for a full month supporting Alex's Army Team in this event. But for Monday morning this is for Lori Neville. Its truly a sad day.

    Ride 16  _ Dedicated to a fellow Ontario Rider Lori Neville, Of Wyoming Ontario
    Posted 31 days ago
  • 73.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, August 23, 2020
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  • Ride 15 -- Sunday Goal 65 to 70K - back to focus on Alex and his family our team captain
    23 Aug 2020

    WIth Sunday's ride we will be approaching close to the goal of 750 in 3 weeks verses planned four. Ham strings are tight as a piano string but this will get the job done by Monday and a day before retina surgery or final consultation. Appreciate the ongoing support. Todays ride will focus back on our team captain Young Alex. He has been our focus since about April prior to the usual June ride and there are about 1200 of us rooting for him and his family out of the 52000 riders across Canada. Go Alex. New wheels are installed an tested looking forward to a solid ride with my Kingston Triathlon Friends who I have been riding with since January in indoor class and now oustside after the 3 month hiatus of the pandemic.

    Ride 15 -- Sunday Goal 65 to 70K - back to focus on Alex and his family our team captain
    Posted 32 days ago
  • 61.0 km ride - GCCCANADA RIDE 14 DEDICATED TO Mental Health and the Wounded Warriors riding in Parallel with TC - Saturday, August 22, 2020
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  • Ride 14 will be in support of the Wounded Warriors Initiative
    22 Aug 2020

    Today many riders will ride virtually http://virtual.rideformentalhealth.ca/ great cause for our Veterans, First Responders and their families. Also breaking in brand new wheels, should be fun to see how fast this baby goes now. Not a planned change but when your wheels are worn out they are worn out after 13000 k on them damage was irreparable both wheels.

    Ride 14 will be in support of the Wounded Warriors Initiative
    Posted 32 days ago
  • 44.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, August 21, 2020
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  • Ride 13 For Alex's Team
    21 Aug 2020

    We always thinking of Alex's family on these rides. Tomorrow Friday's ride will be also dedicated to some friends Fighting Breast Cancer and hoping for success in their treatment regimes this year. Cancer can be Beaten but would really like to see it eliminated in all forms for all ages. Its challenging too many people, across both genders and all age groups. Here's to kicking Cancers Butt.

    Ride 13 For Alex's Team
    Posted 34 days ago
  • 41.5 km ride - GCC RIDE 12 FOR ALEX - Thursday, August 20, 2020
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  • Ride 12 - This Is Alex's Army Team after all so a big shout out to Alex!
    20 Aug 2020

    We are the number one team this year in the Great Cycle Challenge. Alex is doing well. We are pumped as a team. I am pumped. So after 13000 K I bent my Mavic rear wheel on the Tarmac bicycle. Its not repairable. New wheels on order. Racing the clock until next Monday. Re: Tuesday afternoon is retina appointment expecting some laser surgery at least and to be off bike for a week or two. So we have 226k to cover Thursday to Monday! or 47 k a day. Weather may not be fully co-operative so will do more than average where possible. Go Alex's Army! Go Team!

    Ride 12 - This Is Alex's Army Team after all so a big shout out to Alex!
    Posted 35 days ago
  • 43.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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  • Ride 11 for tomorrow 6:30 a.m. will be dedicated to Sadie approx. 45 k with my Friends at KTC (Kingston Tri Club)
    18 Aug 2020

    Sadie went into the hospital in July for IV chemo. 🏥

    She’s now about half way through a new phase of treatment called ‘Interim Maintenance 2’, which goes for another 4 weeks.

    Chemo treatments can be exhausting of course, but Sadie’s mom indicated ‘she’s handling the treatment like a champ’.

    What a little LEGEND. 🙌

    I ride for Sadie and all the KIDS this month with Alies's Army Team and dedicate today's ride to this brave little champ wishing her success in her current treatments. ❤️

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    As for the Tarmac my regular ride, and the rear wheel bending Saturday, well its a write off, non-reparable, ugh well that bike now has almost 13,000 k on it. Looking at options to replace rear wheel, it which will take a few days if not longer and $$$. But good chance I finish this ride before retina surgery on the 25th riding my older Roubaix, a little slower, and about one size smaller than I ride now so not as efficient. Bruno' goes in for repair and Priscilla is resurrected, yes I have names for my bikes!

    Ride 11 for tomorrow 6:30 a.m. will be dedicated to Sadie approx. 45 k with my Friends at KTC (Kingston Tri Club)
    Posted 36 days ago
  • 43.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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  • Ride 10 - For little Roux.
    17 Aug 2020

    Ride 10 may be indoors if it rains all day so you may see two rides logged tomorrow, re: don't normally ride 40k in one spot so would split it over two rides, morning and at night. Lets see what happens tomorrow morning. Little Roux this major cutie is currently in maintenance treatment for hepatoblastoma… and she’s kicking cancer’s butt! 💪 You may remember her from last year. She is wearing the 2020 Hero's Jersey. Can't wait for mine to arrive little Roux!

    Ride 10 - For little Roux.
    Posted 38 days ago
  • Ride 9 Lets Beat the Rain - For Alex's Army
    16 Aug 2020

    This ride is for Alex and the Army Team.

    Ride 9 Lets Beat the Rain - For Alex's Army
    Posted 38 days ago
  • 41.2 km ride - GCCCanada Ride 10 - Sunday, August 16, 2020
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  • 87.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, August 15, 2020
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  • Ride 8 - For Saturday Special Thanks to all my Sponsors your incredible, Saturday ride will be longer and in memory of Carla Matteazzi
    14 Aug 2020

    Carla was a warm, university formed friend and spouse to my close friend Gaetano. She passed away from Breast Cancer in 2018 after a career in nursing at Sick Kids for close to 30 years. She was a kind person with 3 children of her own and making a difference in peoples lives and the Kids like those we are riding for that Are Fighting Cancer . Cancer sucks. This ride is for the memory of Carla.

    Ride 8 - For Saturday Special Thanks to all my Sponsors your incredible, Saturday ride will be longer and in memory of Carla Matteazzi
    Posted 40 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 40 days ago
  • 33.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, August 13, 2020
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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 41 days ago
  • Ride 7 For Thursday August 13th is also Matching Day for the 2020 Great Cycle Challenge and a shut out to Marky, Alex, Rayan, Rouse, Matteo and Sadie
    13 Aug 2020

    Kick Cancers' Butt day, or Matching Day is the only day funds are matched so perfect day to sponsor me. The kids below are a mix of this years and past years Ambassadors for the Great Cycle Challenge and whom I like to call the little warriors. Spread the word its Kick Cancers Butt Day!

    Ride 7 For Thursday August 13th is also Matching Day for the 2020 Great Cycle Challenge and a shut out to Marky, Alex, Rayan, Rouse, Matteo and Sadie
    Posted 42 days ago
  • 43.7 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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  • Ride 6 Tomorrow Wed. will be for Alex our captain the little fighter he is.
    11 Aug 2020

    Since a group of us are focussed on Alex this year its important to focus more than one ride on just Alex. He is true fighter and battled cancer most of his young life. He is our Captain and declared palliative in January. Our team is ranked number one so far in this fund raising event so this is for Alex. note Thursday is Kick Cancers Butt day so its matching donation day spread the word!

    Ride 6 Tomorrow Wed. will be for Alex our captain the little fighter he is.
    Posted 43 days ago
  • 53.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, August 10, 2020
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  • Ride 4, 5 if you count extra ride Saturday. This ride is for you Glenn.
    10 Aug 2020

    In our prayers Glenn. Targeting 50 k morning ride and thinking of you on Monday.

    Posted 45 days ago
  • 20.9 km ride - Lunch Ride - Saturday, August 8, 2020
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  • 57.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, August 8, 2020
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  • Ride 3 Saturday will be dedicated to a number of friends battling cancer this year and for Alex!
    7 Aug 2020

    Still waiting y to o see retina specialist at Hotel DIEU HOSPITAL do so suspect next week sometime meanwhile we keep peddling and should we have a stoppage in play for surgery and healing plan will adjust by extending end of August to the equivalent end date calculated by adding recovery days to the date.

    Posted 47 days ago
  • 43.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, August 6, 2020
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  • Ride 2 will be dedicated by My Aunt Donna
    5 Aug 2020

    She is the first person I knew who had Cancer and was taken from us at too young an age over 50 years ago. I will be delaying ride 2 a day or two re: surprise Retina Surgery this afternoon but raring to go and get some momentum for June and the Kids Fighting Cancer.

    Posted 49 days ago
  • 55.2 km ride - August 4, 2020
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  • 55.2 km ride - Morning Ride #GCCCANADA Ride #1 - Monday, August 3, 2020
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  • Ride 1 Finally Starting this one is for Alex as his team rides in August. Alex's Army.
    3 Aug 2020

    I have a bit of delay with a early morning work finish on Saturday and Weather challenge yesterday but today is ride number 1! We have a focus on Alex and the Army is riding as a team for Alex.

    8-year old Alex is battling leukemia.

    “Alex’s Army” is a team created in Alex’s honour, and the 1,225 team members have already raised a massive $248,219 to kick cancer’s butt… GO ALEX’S ARMY!

    Ride 1 Finally Starting this one is for Alex as his team rides in August. Alex's Army.
    Posted 51 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 54 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 119 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 119 days ago
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