Here's a "Must Check it Out." Dave and Maxine are a middle-aged Canadian couple enroute right now, biking across Canada to help build support for the Canadian Lung Association.
Here, in their own words, are Dave and Maxine's compelling stories and reasons for embarking on this hero's journey:
"Maxine was born and raised in and around Edmonton where she was married and eventually became the proud mother of three boys, all of whom are now grown up and making their own lives away from home. The young family learned early about cancer and the suffering it brings when their father was struck down with this disease. After the loss of her husband, Maxine packed her three boys into their car and brought them out west to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island where Maxine had to find a home for her family, a new job and a new life. Here, the boys finished their education, and Maxine now works as a Teachers Aid for a school that caters to youth at risk. One day some years ago - and to the surprise of her family - she took up cycling...
"...Dave was born in England, but within a few months of qualifying as an Engineer, he emigrated to Canada, where he began work in Montreal, then by way of a stint in Manitoba, found his way to Kitimat in BC. He has always been interested in sport, and whilst there was able, along with a friend, to make the first ascent of one of the Coastal Range peaks. From Kitimat, he eventually found his way to Africa. He got married in Cape Town, and then with his young wife, returned to Montreal where their daughter was born. Next was a move to a very undeveloped Dubai in the Persian Gulf and the arrival of their son. Both children grew up in Dubai, but returned to Canada to finish high school and attend universities. It was while in Dubai that they also learned about cancer when their mother was diagnosed, and although she appeared to be in remission and the family returned to Canada, she did not recover and soon passed away at home.
"...An interesting footnote to these bios is that Maxine had long cherished the thought of a ride across Canada, and Dave had wanted to do it since early childhood. Both however, had not told anyone of these dreams for fear of being thought a bit crazy. Imagine their surprise one day when they confided in each other: so the trip was on!"
Maxine's daughter, Corri brought the couple's adventure to my attention. Drop Corri an email if you want and let her know you care.
As athletes, cyclists and human beings, let's all jump in and support Maxine and Dave, tracking their journey on their website and giving them some encouragement as they roll along across Canada in the next couple of months.
Please share this with all who you think might also be interested; this couple deserves some recognition for their heartfelt effort and adventuresome spirit.