Jake’s Cross Canada Ride for Covid-19 and Leukemia Research

Follow Jake on the TaG Club Strava page – daily rides and maps posted  https://www.strava.com/clubs/tagcycling and @tagcycling on Instagram

August 28 – Update

Jake left Horshoe Bay park this morning at 8:30am – enroute to Halifax,  with some of our TaG riders. Thank you all for joining us this morning – stay tuned or check the TaG instagram page for updates .

 

 August  26 ,

Hi Everyone

Many of you know my nephew Jake. Jake works with us at TaG and most recently has started on some coaching.

Jake announced some time ago that he  will be cycling from Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia to raise funds for Covid-19 and Leukemia research. The ride is to begin on the 28th of August, with the Goal of finishing the 6,021 kilometers by the end of September.

Jake is leaving from Horseshoe Bay on Friday morning August 28. We will gather in Horseshoe Bay Park in West Van. If you wish to join us…please do! 8am gathering and 8:30 am ride out. It would be great to give him a good send off from TaG. Let us know if you can make it.

Jake lost his father, Randy, to leukemia when he was just eight years old.

Raised in North Vancouver, Randy was a healthy Vancouver Firefighter who led an active lifestyle. He was a Whistler Ski Patrol on telemark skis and well known for his adventures biking,hiking and kayaking. His sudden passing was at just 47 years old.

Jake will be riding across Canada in his father’s name,to bring awareness for a disease that has impacted his life and those around him who suffered the loss.

His message is that in this current time of the COVID-19 Pandemic sweeping the globe, we can take action to prevent loss of life and loss of family.

His ride is also to show that in these trying times, we CAN help to prevent the spread with a simple act.

Wear a mask. Ever more pertinent in our current wave of cases. Jake is 23 and in the demographic of some of the young people we are struggling to reach.

Jake will cycle across Canada wearing a mask.

According to July polling, Canadians are less likely to wear masks out in public than Americans, despite masks being directly tied to lower transmission rates.

Jake thinks this is ridiculous. “If I can wear a mask while biking across Canada, anyone should be able to wear one as much as possible.”

Awareness isn’t the only ideal Jake is striving for. One hundred percent of funds raised for the ride will be donated to respective causes. Donations for Covid-19 will be sent to the Canada Covid-19 Relief Fund, and donations for leukemia research will be sent to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Through research and trial the death rate of leukemia has dropped significantly in recent years, but there’s still a long way to go before wiping out blood borne cancers.

Jakes efforts and incredible mission will help us all prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

His hope is that we can all help to stop the loss of loved ones.  Lesley 

Jake’s GoFundMe for leukemia research: http://gf.me/u/ykdsjt

Jake’s GoFundMe for Covid-19 Relief: https://gf.me/u/ykdn93