Sometimes it takes a huge event to shake us up and make us realize what is most important in life; for me that happened in 2009 when my 5 year old son, Ryder Evans-Brockett, died because of brain cancer.
The experience of watching my brave son battle for his life with an amazingly positive attitude and indomitable spirit made me realize how important our own attitudes are and how crucial it is to give back to others in a positive way. Since then I've been passionate about giving back, not only to honour my son, but to be true to myself.
The main way I have been able to do that over the past 12 years is through the event The Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation to support cancer research.
I put together a team of just 13 riders in the inaugural event in 2009 and we were able to raise over $60,000. Since then Riders for Ryders has grown dramatically becoming one of the consistently largest teams each year after year.
The team, Riders for Ryders, has collectively raised over 4 million dollars for cancer research and has participated in all 4 rides across Canada. With teams in BC and ON we are continuing to grow and bring in even more money to fund cancer research.