Staying strong, fighting hard and joining a powerful two-wheeled tribe
Volunteers, riders combine for a memorable 2017 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer season
The bad news came in March, with a PSA test that Kevin Martin insisted that his doctor perform.
And through spring surgery—and then aggressive chemotherapy targeting his lymph nodes, starting in the summer—Kevin and wife Ranjana have faced his prostate cancer diagnosis head-on.
“It was scary at first. But Kevin is one of the most positive people I know. He’s got such a good attitude,” says Ranjana, a Calgary-based director of regulatory services with Enbridge’s liquids pipelines group. “We have a 13-year-old who adores her Dad. And his attitude is: ‘I can’t be depressed about this. I’ve got to fight this with everything I’ve got for my child.’
“Kevin’s healthy. He’s exercising every day—weight training, treadmill, yoga—and he’s also listening to his body and napping when he needs it,” she adds. “He’s got so much courage . . . and I’m taking a page out of his book. There are three of us at Enbridge who work closely together and are experiencing similar situations with our spouses—so sharing that burden helps.
“We’re managing it.”
In recent weeks, Ranjana and Kevin directed their energy toward a movement that aims to eradicate cancer in our lifetime—volunteering with the annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, the largest cycling fundraiser in Canadian history.
The pair helped fuel up riders by volunteering at the lunch pit stop during the final day of the Alberta Ride through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Image gallery: 2017 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer season
The 2017 ERTCC season has again seen millions of dollars raised for cancer research, treatment and care. With thousands of riders testing the limits of their endurance, The Ride has raised more than $31 million this year, with the final event of the season set to go in B.C’s Lower Mainland on Aug. 26 and 27.
Enbridge is the national title sponsor for the Ontario, Quebec and Alberta legs of The Ride. This year saw:
- $20.5 million raised for Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation by more than 5,000 riders at the 10th annual Ontario Ride on June 10 and 11;
- $4.1 million raised for Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital by about 1,100 riders at the ninth annual Quebec Ride on July 8 and 9; and
- $6.7 million raised for the Alberta Cancer Foundation by more than 1,500 riders at the ninth annual Alberta Ride on Aug. 12 and 13.
In 2017, Team Enbridge saw more than 230 riders put pedal to the metal during an epic 200-plus-kilometre odyssey, raising more than $950,000 between those three events.
And, as usual, the ERTCC was blessed with a large, loyal contingent of volunteers—pitching tents, handing out water bottles, serving lunch and offering massive moral support.
After volunteering at the Ride for two years now, Martin is aiming to saddle up in 2018 alongside Kevin.
“I am so proud to work for a company that supports a cause that has affected so many lives,” she says. “The volunteers are so happy to be there, and I see the hope, the effort and the dedication in the riders.
“A couple of them told me this year: ‘I’m riding for your husband.’ Well, I’m hoping to be riding for him as well next year.”