Jason and I are friends with two very extraordinary people. The husband, Paul, is in the middle of training for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer being held the weekend of June 24-26. Participants bike 200 km in two days! Can you believe that? All in the name of helping to find a cure for cancer. And his wife, Sue, is volunteering her entire weekend to be there for the cyclists at their camp.
I think it is just so unbelievably brave, selfless and inspiring.
Below is Paul’s background and story excerpted from an email he sent out a little while ago. I hope he’s okay with me posting this on my page!
For those that may have forgotten or quickly deleted my first e-mail, I want to once again share why I have decided to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
About 4 years ago, with the leadership and guidance of my wife Sue, our family committed to leading a healthier, more active lifestyle. In the following 2 years, these changes resulted in a healthier lifestyle for our family and ultimately a weight loss for both Sue and I.
My personal motivation for getting healthy was my 2 boys. My father passed away of a heart attack at age 54 and my excess weight was probably heading me down a similar path. I did not want to see both my boys without a father before their 18th birthday and knew I owed it to them and my wife to do what I could to make sure I would be able to be a part of their life for a long time.
Unfortunately, everyday in Alberta there are children losing a parent to cancer. Perhaps even more sadly, there are parents losing a child to cancer. Therefore, when my wife asked if I wanted to join Team CIMARRON in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, I felt it was something I needed to do. Of course, it will be a family effort as Sue is volunteering her weekend to prepare and maintain the overnight camp.
So after all of that, are you left wondering why I name Paul ‘Dancing Paulie’ in my title?
That’s because when I first met Paul, it was at the Calgary Stampeders football games. Jason had known him for a lot longer, but my first impression of Paul (and it was a lasting one, let me tell you) was when YMCA by the Village People came on at what I remember was half-time (a lot of beer was consumed in those days when tailgate parties were tailgate parties, so I’m fuzzy as to what point of the game this would happen).
Everyone would turn and crane their necks, hoping to catch a glimpse of ‘Dancing Paulie’, shaking his groove thang in the stands to that epic song. It was a hoot! He was such a good sport. And he still is.
He is a down-to-earth person, wonderful dad, doting hubby to Sue, a man who is always there for his friends (whether to help them out or just to laugh with – or at – them), and a super soccer coach – just ask my middle boy! He no longer shimmies to YMCA – or at least not in public – but he is definitely one of the coolest guys I know.
And Sue. I can’t even begin to describe Sue and what a good friend she has become to me over the last couple of years. We’ve known each other since those ‘Dancing Paulie’ days oh so long ago, but we’ve definitely become closer over the past while and I consider myself so lucky to have people like those two in my family’s life.
If you are able to help Paul and donate to this very worthy cause, I think it would be incredible to help our friends reach their goal. I have posted the link to his site below (I hope it works – if not, drop me a line & I’ll get the link to you somehow!)
Thanks so much!