Every once in a while we get an opportunity to be involved in something extraordinary. Something that leaves us in awe. Something that’s going to help change the world.
When I started working for CrossFit MNL, I had the pleasure of coaching Scott MacKinnon. He was a super hard working, talented guy out of Vancouver. He’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Scott left a month ago to head back home for his summer break, and I had no idea he’d be doing something so incredible.
32 days ago, Scott along with his brothers Russ, Sean and Ryan left Vancouver on their bicycles headed for the Atlantic ocean. 4 brothers, some old bicycles and close to seven thousand kilometres ahead of them. They had one thing on their mind: Baha.
Baha is their late grandfather, who passed away due to Parkinson’s Disease. These four guys have been riding across the country to raise money for Parkinson’s and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Halfway, they’ve already raised $25,000. That is a selfless act that leaves me in awe.
For anyone who’s travelled Canada, you have an idea of what these guys are dealing with: some of the world’s most unpredictable weather with freezing cold winds to scorching hot sun. Canada has some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies to the longest rolling hills throughout Ontario. These guys, rain or shine, are waking up each morning to tackle the kilometres ahead of them.
I have trouble imagining what kind of tole that will take not only on the body, but mentally. Again, I’m left in awe.
So how am I involved? I really didn’t do anything, I just sent one person an email address. Scotty, Sean, Rusty and Ryan just spent Saturday night at our home in Thunder Bay.
I can’t thank my family enough for welcoming them in with open arms, especially my mother. In their Blog Post, they talk about my Mom and it reminds me of how amazing of a lady she is, in case I ever forget (I never will). I know my family, along with myself, are honoured to have hosted these guys.
I’m proud to say I know Scotty and now his brothers. I can’t imagine how proud his parents and family are of him. I can’t imagine how proud their late grandfather is of them.
If anyone across Ontario or out on the East Coast would like to welcome these guys to their homes, please let me or them know! They can use every bit of our support they can get.