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One-legged Cyclist Pedaling Hope in Hometown Toronto

August 11, 2006 – So far, one-legged cyclist and cancer survivor David Visschedyk has almost been run over by a house and has passed mysterious unmarked rockets on the road. This Saturday, August 12, David kicks back a little at The Hospital for Sick Children at a reception in his honour to meet well wishers and neuroblastoma families.

Meet and greet/reception for David Visschedyk, a one-legged cyclist and cancer survivor pedaling across Canada to help fight neuroblastoma, a deadly cancer that mostly afflicts children. David is scheduled to stop in Toronto, Friday August 11, Saturday August 12, and Sunday, August 13 with a reception planned for Saturday where he will meet supporters and neuroblastoma children and their families.

The Toronto Event will take place at The Hospital for Sick Children,
Saturday, August 12th, 2-4pm with presentations kicking off the reception.

A coast to coast event, CanadaWide for Cancer is non-profit and will benefit The James Fund, which is emerging as a world leader in the fight against neuroblastoma. 100% of all moneys donated to The James Fund will go directly into research. Covering 57 days and 6,900 kilometers, David will hit the finishing line August 26 in Halifax.

Drawing inspiration from the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope as well as Lance Armstrong’s seventh Tour de France win, David will be following the Trans-Canada Highway, with many major cities and small towns visited along the way. Accompanying David will be tour manager, RV driver, and chef Timothy Knowles of The City Kitchen, a survivor of skin cancer. Funds gathered by CanadaWide for Cancer will go to The James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research at SickKids. The James Fund was established in the name of 8 year old James Birrell to fight the disease that ultimately killed him 5 years ago. Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is its Honourary Patron.

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave.
Cafeteria Garden Patio (enter through Elizabeth St. Doors)

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