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Caribou Charity Ride Holds Special Meaning for Cancer Survivor


From left to right, Dr. Gloria McNeill, Maeghan Tofinetti, Pete Tofinetti and Reid Carter enjoy a brief stop along the route for the Caribou Charity Ride. This year’s Ride takes place tomorrow, with all funds raised supporting the Northern Cancer Fund for exceptional close-to-home cancer care.

By Heather Vita - September 9, 2017

Reid Carter knows a thing or two about cancer – having experienced cancer numerous times. Like most who’ve been on similar journeys, he wishes he didn’t know quite so much. But having gone through treatment multiple times, he’s seen the ins and outs of the Hospital and Cancer Centre, and speaks very highly of the care he’s received.

“The care I received just wouldn’t have been possible with the support of our community,” he says. “The equipment we have, the types of procedures that can be done here – they’re directly related to the funds raised through the Caribou Charity Ride.”

Himself a cyclist, Reid’s compares his cancer journey to cycling. “It’s like when you’re approaching the end of a steep uphill climb and your body is suffering and you question if you can go any further, but you push it and push it further – that’s what having cancer is like – it’s tough. A physically- and mentally-grueling process, but you get through it.”

“It helps to have the amazing team of staff and physicians at the Cancer Centre on your side. Not to mention Thunder Bay – more and more there’s tremendous community support for people like me who have needed treatment. I’m very thankful.

Reid has been involved with the Caribou Charity Ride since Day 1 as a sponsor. He and partners at CRC Communications always saw the value in getting behind an event that was created to challenge people in a healthy way, while contributing towards the absolute best in cancer patient care, education and prevention in Northwestern Ontario. He’s also ridden multiple times when healthy. This year, he’ll be joined by his wife Gloria and they are both tackling the 75 km route.

While Reid enjoys the cycling portion of the event, especially the quiet out on the country roads, he says his favourite part of the Ride is at the end when everyone gathers back at the Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel. “It’s my time to catch up with old friends. It’s very stimulating to be amongst everyone who’s just come in from their Ride. We have a lot of laughs and really enjoy each others’ company.”

“There are so many good causes out there to support,” he says, “but cancer always seems to be one that continues to attract donations – I think because it affects so many people. Especially here in our community, there are generous people with big hearts who see a need and embrace it. This Ride, which is exceptionally organized, and has been for years, is a great one to get behind because it’s fun, but also a worthy cause. I’m very grateful it’s continued for so many years.  I’m a direct beneficiary of it and can say with certainty that the facility we have here in Thunder Bay wouldn’t be the way it is today had this Ride not provided ongoing funding. The fact that all this money stays here locally is what really impresses me and I think it’s one of the key reasons this Ride has done so well. People here want to support their friends and family and keep people at home while going through cancer. I would like to express my thanks to the ride organizers and local community for their support.

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