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Men on Cross-Country ALS Bike Tour in Winnipeg Today

July 11, 2011 7:28 AM | News

Two men on a cross-country cycling journey in support of ALS research will be passing through Winnipeg today.

Joel Bisson and Michael Downey have been riding their bikes across Canada since beginning on June 1 on Vancouver Island.

The ride was inspired by Bisson’s own experience of taking care of a close friend of the family, known as “Uncle Vic,” who is afflicted with the disease.

“Three years ago my Uncle Vic was diagnosed with ALS and needed a homecare worker, and I was offered the position,” Bisson said. “I was expecting a very depressed man but instead I found a man dedicated to living,” said Bisson. “However weak Uncle Vic’s physical condition, he was emotionally and spiritually stronger than all the physically healthy people I knew. The same Uncle Vic that used to lift me into my crib now lifts me in a whole new way. Ironically, it sometimes takes a dying man to teach you how to truly live.”

Bisson’s desire to make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS along with his love of cycling inspired the 100 Day Bike Tour for ALS.

The two will be at the ALS Society of Manitoba offices at 493 Madison Street for a community celebration at 1 p.m.

Their final destination is St. John’s, Newfoundland.

You can follow their journey at als100daybiketour.blogspot.com.