Cycle for Wishes

This summer, Sky Mitchell, will be riding her bicycle from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland to raise awareness and money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. The Children’s Wish Foundation works with the community to provide children living with high-risk, life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish.

Nathaniel, a grandson of Sky’s family friends, was diagnosed with a nasopharyngeal tumour when he was three years old. Upon diagnosis of this cancerous tumour in his nasal cavity, Nathaniel underwent extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatment. In January 2008, at the young age of four and a half, Nathaniel succumbed to the disease.

Three months prior to his passing, Nathaniel was granted a special wish by the Children’s Wish Foundation. Nathaniel, his parents and two older brothers were sent to Disney World for a week. Together, the family enjoyed sunny beaches, Disney characters and endless amusement rides. During such trying times, they were able to experience laughter and joy, a much needed relief from the stresses they had back home.

For a child whose wish is about to be granted, the pain and discomfort of the illness, and often harsh treatment regimes, somehow become more bearable. For many, the excitement of planning and anticipating their dream has a dramatic effect on their healing. These courageous youngsters often experience a renewed sense of energy and hope as they see a different kind of light at the end of the tunnel.

Sky Mitchell was born in Toronto and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario but currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, where she works for Cadbury Adams. Since she was an adolescent, Sky has been passionate about riding her bicycle across Canada. She can think of nothing more meaningful than to give back to the community by dedicating this journey to The Children’s Wish Foundation.

Sky will be cycling from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. This 8,000 kilometre trek will take approximately two and a half months and will start in June. Currently, Sky is the only rider cycling the complete distance; however, there will be other cyclists and supporters joining her for various legs of the ride. Sky’s longtime friend, Tory Farr, will be driving the support vehicle for the entire duration of the ride.

Sky has secured sponsorship for the ride from Cadbury Adams. They are the renowned producers of many popular products such as Trident, Dentyne, Stride, Maynards Candy and the infamous Cadbury Chocolates. Curious Communications, a Calgary-based marketing company, has generously donated their time to create her website, www.crossccanadasky.com.

In addition, there will be various events along the way. Sky is currently working with the Talisman Centre in Calgary to organize a group ride from Banff to Calgary in order to involve local cycling enthusiasts. This ride will take place on Sunday, June 22nd and more detailed information will be posted on her website http://www.crosscanadasky.com.

For further information or if you are interested in joining Sky and Tory for a leg of the ride or sponsoring any part of the event please contact Sky at:
skymitchell@gmail.com or call (403) 978-6161.

Donations can be made online at www.crosscanadasky.com or a cheque made out to “Cross Canada Sky Mitchell” can be mailed to Suite 101, 3016 19th St. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Y9.

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