This year, Local 353 organizer Andrew White is hosting the second annual Katie’s Ride: a motorcycle ride to raise money for cancer research.
Katie’s Ride is inspired by Andrew’s sister Katie, who was coping with cancer on-and-off for over 10 years.
Proceeds from the ride – taking place on August 24 – will go directly to the Terry Fox Foundation, which was one of Katie’s favourite organizations.
Amazing, Continuous Support from IBEW and Local 353
Andrew has always been an avid motorcyclist. “I’m in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) riding club. IBEW members from all across North America get together and complete rides to some incredible places.”
When he wanted to create an event in Katie’s name, a ride was a natural choice. When he told his brothers and sisters at IBEW about the event, the response was immediate.
“It blows me away,” Andrew says of the response from IBEW. “The support of our brothers and sisters is astronomical. Not only is my own local super supportive, but members from locals as far away as Boston register to ride or donate.”
For Andrew, the support of the fundraising ride is great – but the simple acts of kindness he and his family are shown are what fills him with emotion.
“Many 353 members shared their own stories with me. They were calling and texting asking about my sister, constantly offering support. It was amazing.”
IBEW Local 353 is actively involved in many charity initiatives, and several members have already signed up for this year’s ride.
Katie was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 25 years old. After rigorous courses of chemo and radiation, she went into remission. But just a few days before her wedding in 2015, the cancer came back. Unfortunately, Katie passed away in late June 2019.
“She was so intelligent, and always athletic. It was hard for her because she couldn’t do the things she loved. It’s hard for us because she was a constant source of light in our lives,” says Andrew.
“Katie was a huge advocate for awareness, and constantly promoted self-checking and getting regular examinations. It’s all that Katie has done that inspired me to move forward and create something for her.”
Sign Up for Katie’s Ride
The ride will be a planned route up to Dorset and back, with the start and endpoint at the Admiral Inn in Lindsey, Ontario. The event will include a buffet dinner at the end.
“Leading up to the ride, we do draws. Businesses and people give donations. I’m also selling challenge coins to commemorate the event,” Andrew says. Along with challenge coins, there will be special T-shirts commemorating this year’s ride.