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About Hands Together for a Cure
Hands Together for a Cure was the combined ideas of my wife Lenora, son Ben and myself back in 2012. Myself being very involved with motorsport, wanted someway of linking the motorsport community with the public and especially kids and their families who have had cancer enter into their children’s lives.
As a Paramedic of 26 years, I have always had a personal issue with the term “accident”. The term accident infers that nothing contributed to the event. More importantly, that the event was not preventable. As a practitioner, we see numerous incidents, but very few accidents. What more true definition of this word than a child being afflicted with cancer. He or she did nothing what so ever to be “saddled” with this unforgiving disease. Children deserve the right to enjoy life with plenty of laughter and love.
It was this that motivated the three of us to do something completely unique and special.
Currently there are over 10,000 children in Canada living with cancer and each year another 1500 are diagnosed. In fact, childhood cancer claims more lives than any other disease in children. The impact of this disease not only affects a child but also involves families, communities and society in general. The goal of Hands Together For A Cure is to link people in the community to raise funds to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Each handprint is signed by a child with cancer!
Kids have always loved cars so what better way to link people than through motorsports. The 911 has been a favorite car for “kids of all ages” for decades and is one of the most recognizable sports cars no matter how old or new it is. Add handprints to the car autographed by children with cancer and you have something special.
Add these elements to the annual running of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb with its 10 corners and 800 vertical foot climb held on the May long weekend in Kelowna B.C., and the event is truly remarkable.
Imagine being able to climb into a race suit, strap on a five point harness and helmet and climb into a Porsche GT3 for a ride of a lifetime. Sponsored youth with cancer, or the sponsors themselves, get to ride in the fully equipped race car for an exciting two minute ride on the closed road course at the historic Knox Mountain Hill Climb. 2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of this national hill climb.
“Life is best at 8200 rpm”