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December 4, 2016
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Jill Tracey with her father, Ron Tracey
Jill Tracey with her father, Ron Tracey

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Laurier professor will bike with Lance Armstrong for local hospital

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Aug 18/10

Laurier kinesiology professor Jill Tracey will ride alongside cyclist Lance Armstrong for a daunting 120-kilometre bike ride for charity, and for her father.  

Tracey, an avid cyclist, lost her father to cancer in April. Around the same time, she heard the Ride with Lance fundraising event was returning to Waterloo Region for a third time, and knew it was something she needed to do.

“My dad lived a very active lifestyle and valued physical activity – I couldn’t think of a better way to honour him,” said Tracey. “He is still a huge influence in my life, and I know he would be very proud I am doing this.”

To participate in the Ride with Lance, riders must raise a minimum of $20,000. Every penny raised goes directly to the Grand River Hospital Foundation for cancer research and patient care. So far, Tracey has raised almost $13,000.

After months of hard training and fundraising, Tracey said meeting Armstrong – a cancer survivor and seven-time champion of the Tour de France – will be a bittersweet moment. As a cyclist and as a researcher who has studied the effects of suffering and cycling, Tracey has always dreamed of meeting Armstrong, but never expected she would under such sad circumstances.

“Everyone riding has been touched by cancer in some way, and to hear their stories, and why they’re doing the ride, will be very emotional and very special,” she said. “Hopefully we can raise enough awareness and money to someday end cancer, so that maybe someone else won’t have to lose their dad the way I did.”

The 2010 Ride with Lance takes place August 28, on a course that winds through Waterloo Region’s countryside.

If you would like to help Tracey reach her fundraising goal:

  • Visit
  • Click “sponsor a rider” 
  • Enter the participant name, Jill Tracey 
  • Make an online donation (tax receipts will be issued by the Grand River Hospital Foundation)


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