Spinning to fight kids cancer

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – When Megan Keeler was 8 years old she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma…a form of cancer.
While Megan’s been off treatment for 16 months her family says it has been an uphill battle.
Cory Keeler/Father of Megan:
“There’s all kinds of challenges that go on besides dealing with health. There’s financial challenges. There’s children not being at school.”
The Keeler family shared their story to this group of cyclists — at a special fundraiser at Apex, an indoor spin studio.
It’s called the Big Spin 2017.
One by one, participants of all ages and fitness levels hopped on their bikes – to ride for the same cause. The goal is to raise 100 thousand dollars in support of both the Children’s Cancer Fund at Kingston General Hospital and Camp Trillium.
Hannah Spence/Third Party Event Manager:
“Camp Trillium is actually the largest pediatric oncology camp in North America because they take in the whole family.”
It’s an organization close to the Keelers.
“Coming off of Megan’s treatment, where everything was a struggle for months on end.Going to Camp Trillium where it was such a positive atmosphere…it was an amazing place to be.”
Many riders have been touched by cancer in some way — including one of the organizers — Ken Cross. He wears souvenirs from the many cancer rides he’s taken part in across Canada.
Ken Cross/Co-Founder:
“The bracelets are about young people who aren’t with us anymore. And so when I look down at my wrists and my legs feel tired… I look down and I know that these kids are in my heart and it keeps me going forward.”
Heather Senoran/Videographer:
“Spinning at Apex isn’t the only activity going on for this fundraiser. There’s also 8 more happening at the same time across the community — from yoga to pilates to cross fit.”
Kingston Fitness Fights Kids Cancer held its inaugural Big Spin event last year– raising 36 thousand dollars. This time around, organizers expect to double that amount.
Hoping to get Kingston’s fitness community fighting kids cancer in our region — one pedal at a time.

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