Cancer doesn’t care about your age or your fitness. Over 70 people, and their families helped me to recognize something special and more importantly achieve something special.My father-in-law has recently beaten his 2 anniversary of something special – by doing something special. On July 11th and 12th, Deanah and I rode in the Ride to Conquer Cancer where over $17.3 million was raised for the Princes Margaret Cancer Centre.

Many of my teammates and my family – and yes, my teammates are like family to me – have been affected by cancer.

I’ve lost both of my grandmothers – one who inspired me to dream huge dreams and the other that I never had a chance to get to know — to cancer.

I’m not going to name them as it is there story to tell, but too many rowers that I know have had to fight –and I’m so fortunate to say – and beat cancer.

Many of the blog entries I’ve posted here are intended to share what I’ve learned, to help others when I can. 20 years ago this July, I was part of something special.

At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, I was on a rowing team that won 6 Olympic medals; Canada set the rowing world on fire!

When my rowing partner, Kathleen Heddle and I won our 3 gold medal – and a bronze the next day – we set a standard that has yet to be met by any Canadian Summer Olympian.

I was so fortunate to be part of such an incredible era in Canadian Rowing and I want to do something to recognize this 20th anniversary: I want to do something that gives back.

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