July 3, 2019 From Graham:
On the To-do List of 7 year old cancer survivor, Foster, he states:
1. Be kind and help others every day
2. Finish 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy
3. Become Prime Minister
4. Sideline as a Ninja
5. Raise awareness for childhood cancer
This inspired me to continue my journey helping kids facing serious illness, and Foster and his family will always be near and dear as I met them when I was getting ready for the 2016 National Kids Cancer Ride.
Although I might be feeling tired and sore after the first of the Fostership 3,500 Km Challenge adventures - bikepacking and kayaking through the Alberta and B.C. Rockies - my journey is full of personal growth and meeting amazing people on the trails.
Many kids facing serious illness do not get to experience these joys. I think Fostership is one project that gives kids and families hope and joy, and it was started by one very special little boy and his family. It’s a pleasure to support this project in any way possible.
June 26th, 2019: Graham has officially embarked on his self-propelled FUNdraiser today and gave us the update that he his doing okay!
June 26th to July 3rd, 2019: Alberta and B.C. Rockies Loop (road-cycling, kayaking, hiking)
This will be the first big distance trip of the 3,500 Km Challenge for Fostership, with some endurance days and big hills. Some time will be spent with family in Invermere, B.C., then a couple of days of long-distance kayaking begins down the slow and lazy Columbia River towards Golden. I hope to catch back up with the family for some hiking, then it’s on to Golden and back through the mountains to Field and Lake Louise. If the weather is good, this tour will continue north on the Icefields Parkway to Saskatchwan River Crossing, then on along the fun route of the Alberta Tour for Kids to Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. The last day will be a long cycle south back to Calgary.
Day 1: Calgary to Lundbreck Falls (Crowsnest Pass) (Cycling)
June 1st, 2019:
We first met Graham very early on into Foster's treatment. From the first moment we met him we knew he was an unique loving person who is always giving back to others. This man, and his family who supports him in his efforts to help others, has a heart of gold. A few years ago he cycled across Canada in the National Kids Cancer Ride. We are absolutely fortunate to have become friends with the Tait's. The journey with a child with cancer is unimaginably difficult, but you meet amazing people like Graham along the way that become family.
Here is the wonderful way that Graham announced his FUNdrasier while supporting Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta during the Woodman School "Shave A Lid For A Kid" event:
"Today, I was shaving my Lid for www.fostership.ca, an affiliate of Kids Cancer Care and founded by 7 year old Foster and his family. This week, the amazing Foster finishes his 3 1/2 years of treatment for leukemia and he and his sister are incredible people ❤️💛❤️💛.
This summer, I am embarking on a 3,500 Km self-propelled challenge as a FUNdraiser for Fostership, which will help provide much needed funding for care packages for kids diagnosed with cancer and their families. The program supports kids at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and hopes to expand.
Please visit www.grahamtait.com to follow the adventure.
All donations are through my Kids Cancer Care finding website (there is a link on my webpage at www.grahamtait.com) and are greatly appreciated! "
*100% of donations through the Kids Cancer Care Website will be going towards Fostership and charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20*
You can help Fostership reach families from donating a "Fiver for Fostership" to sponsoring a care package for $200! Your generous donation will fund our mission.