GiveToLive Bike Riders Wearing SIGVARIS Compression Socks

October 12, 2009 at 4:35 am 1 comment

Friends of GIVETOLIVE,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each of you for motivating us to continue the fight against cancer.  It is an illness that continues to take 22,000 lives per day.  In 2010, it will become the leading worldwide killer, taking more lives than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. 

With your support, 35 cyclists have been recruited to cycle 5,000 KMs from Vancouver to Austin, Texas.  Departing Monday, October 12th, the cyclists will battle mountains, deserts, rain, wind, and temperatures ranging from below zero to +35 degrees Celsius.  None of it will be remotely as difficult as losing a loved one to cancer or dealing with the diagnosis ourselves. 

GIVETOLIVE is proud to announce that we have surpassed a significant milestone: despite being an all-volunteer based organization with no overhead or staff, $1 million has now been raised and donated to various cancer charities around the world.  YOU have made this happen in only 3 short years and for that we are grateful.

This year our hearts and prayers go out to two very special individuals:

Trevor Block signed up to do this ride in May to celebrate overcoming his battle with cancer.  Unfortunately, while training for the ride, Trevor discovered that the cancer had returned to his stomach and needed to undergo chemotherapy immediately.  Trevor is now battling cancer for the second time despite being only 30 years old. 

Jason Stoke signed up to ride in June to honour the loss of his father who had passed away from cancer earlier this year.  Unfortunately, Jason’s mom passed away just a few days ago and he is now coping with a second tragedy in just a few months.  His has shown remarkable strength and resolve and we were honoured and flattered to learn he will still ride with us on day 1.

GIVETOLIVE continues raise funds for cancer by encouraging people to fulfill their potential by giving to others, incorporating exercise into their lives, and pushing themselves beyond their internally-set emotional and physical limits.  We are blessed to have the support of people like you so that we can continue our mission. 

Visit to track us online, watch daily videos, leave us messages, and read our blogs.  Thanks again and GIVETOLIVE! 

To make a donation, please click on the link below and select one of the riders to support. Cheques made out to “Give To Live Society” can be mailed to 1521 Grafton St., Suite 203, Halifax, NS, B3J 2B9.

Special thanks to our sponsors that made this happen: HUB Cycle, Day Nite Signs, Advanced Screenprinting, HSBC, Sobeys, Hoyt’s Speciality Services, Sigvaris, and ilane).

***Moderator’s Note: SIGVARIS donated 1000$ USD and gave each rider 4 pairs of athletic support therapy socks to wear in helping them recover daily from this enormous physical effort.

If you are interested in volunteering anytime (we can always use extra help) or getting involved as a cyclist next year, please email me with your information!  Media articles will be posted under “Media” and then “News 2009” or you can click on this link to take you directly to our media
Ashley Ward
Executive Director of Give To Live (formerly the Tony Griffin Foundation)
Ph: (902) 229-0264
Fax: (902) 482-3657
1521 Grafton St., Suite 203, Halifax, NS, B3J 2B9

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