“On a regular basis, I am approached by people that tell me some incredible stories as to how our “Get Checked” message saved their own lives or one of a friend or family member. Some of these people have agreed to share their very personal thoughts and stories with us and we are honoured to share them with you.”

-Garry Janz, President, TELUS Ride For Dad

“My name is Dawn Mantle & I don’t ride a motorcycle, but I’m still a fundraiser for the Grand River Motorcycle Ride for Dad as well, as of this year, the Registration Coordinator. You may be wondering why I’m a part of this charitable event even though I don’t ride, and I have an excellent reason – my dad died on November 21st, 2015 from Prostate Cancer. He had been a huge part of the Ride for Dad, even becoming an honorary Ride Captain when he could no longer ride. I wasn’t about to let all his hard work of raising money and more importantly bringing awareness of this disease just stop because he was no longer alive. He will always live in my heart and keeping what he was so passionate about going helps keep his spirit alive within me.

You don’t have to be a rider to raise money for a great cause or to spread awareness about Prostate Cancer. Heck, you don’t even have to be a man – all you have to be is passionate about the cause and helping raise money that will be used to fund research into better testing, diagnosis and maybe one day a cure.

We all have men in our lives, whether it be a father, brother, uncle, grandfather or a friend so I recommend to everyone out there male, female, rider or non to get out and participate in your areas Motorcycle Ride for Dad event.”

“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2016 & had it removed July 4th. The doctors say all looks good. I just want to thank your group for making me aware of this disease & encouraging me to get tested because it probably saved my life! I just hope all men get the message through your campaign, just like I did!”

“In May 2016 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Huronia Motorcycle Ride For Dad (HMRFD) supplied the information I needed to make the best treatment choice for me. I’m now better than ever, and my path may have been more difficult if not for HMRFD. I owe my life to them and hope to echo their messages loud and clear: “GET TESTED!” and “support prostate cancer research.”

“I found out about the Ride for Dad back in 2010, when a close family friend was fighting prostate cancer. I immediately signed up for the 10th Anniversary Ride and had an enjoyable time riding to Petawawa along with a few friends.

When our family friend found out that I had completed my first Ride, he was emotional and grateful. He passed away the following year and, before he did, I promised him I would do the Annual Ride, every year for as long as I could ride. Not only do I ride every year but I also raise as much as I possibly can and encourage as many friends as I can to do the same. This past Ride, I had 32 friends who also joined the Ride -with their own fundraising! In addition, I have our company (Park’N Fly) participate as a sponsor every year by supporting our fundraising events, providing parking passes for staff and as raffle prizes, storing the MRFD trailer at our facility year long and, this year, also had our partner in Ottawa (Access Storage) offer a raffle prize for free motorcycle storage space during winter months. My son-in-law’s family owns a food distribution company and I asked them to donate bottled water for the closing ceremonies at the EY Centre and they delivered 1,800 bottles.

I have come to love the Ride, the people and, needless to say, the cause. To me, it’s more than just a motorcycle ride on a Saturday in late May/early June. I set my fundraising goal (about $4,000) early and I get started as soon as registration is open. It’s the least I can do! Keep up the great work and God bless.”

My Dad was 50, looked healthy, had no symptoms & appeared to be in perfect form.

It was summer. I was excited & preparing to head off to University, ready to start the next exciting chapter of my life. Instead, I was sitting on my back porch while my parents told me that Dad had prostate cancer. I was 19 years old, scared & thinking the worst.

Everything seemed to be a whirlwind after that day. My Dad had surgery & I am happy to say is doing well!

Before all of this happened, luckily, my Dad, Terry Cairns, met Garry Janz from the Ride For Dad. Garry asked if he had got tested & so the story began. My Dad joined his first motorcycle Ride, did a simple PSA blood test & it changed our lives. Early detection saved my Dad’s life & made sure we all get to continue living life together as a family!

On behalf of my family, I ask that you make a donation in the fight against prostate cancer. Through research & awareness we can fight to keep the men we love with us!

Robyn Dykens

Daughter of Prostate Cancer Survivor, Terry Cairns

Terry & his wife Carolyn celebrated Robyn’s wedding as Terry walked Robyn down the aisle. They continue to enjoy time with Robyn & their son Jamie at family gatherings.

My husband, Vince McCann loved life & shared the love of the arts with his musical McCann family. Vince passed away at an early age of 51 after a battle with prostate cancer. A PSA test was not suggested to Vince.

In Vince’s battle, his message was clear to male friends & family. Along with a hug & a handshake were the words “Have you Got Checked yet?” My incredible husband wanted to reach out to others & possibly save their lives!

Along with my daughter Stephanie & my son Jeffrey, we carry on Vince’s incredible legacy every day. I continue to live & do the things Vince would love to have done with us. My children are amazing & we treasure his memory & make new ones together.

We are asking for your personal support this giving season by making a donation to the fight against prostate cancer through research & public awareness. As Vince said, “Get Checked”. Prostate Cancer is 90% curable if detected early.

Suzanne McCann

Suzanne & daughter Stephanie McCann are active Executive Members of the Ottawa TELUS Ride For Dad & continue their fight against prostate cancer for men & their families.