6th Annual Walk for Thomas

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Hi Everyone,

The date has been set for the 6th Annual Walk for Thomas event – please keep the morning of Sunday September 25th, 2016 open!

All of the funds raised at the Walk for Thomas go directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation – and in particular the Thomas Mueller Phage Display Project.  This project is led by the lab of Dr. Paul Beaudry at the University of Calgary and is exploring new approaches to improve the diagnostics and therapeutic options for children with high risk neuroblastoma.  

The Walk

This year’s walk will be held at Queen Elizabeth School in the community of West Hillhurst, 402 – 18th St. NW.  The details are as follows:

  • 9:30am Wake Up Refreshments
  • 10:00am Welcome and Warm Up
  • 10:15am Depart for 3km Walk
  • 11:00am Free BBQ (back at the school)

More About Thomas

On September 30th, 2011, Thomas Mueller, passed away from a rare form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.  Thomas was only 7 years old and he fought this disease with vigour and bravery for most of his young life.  Thomas was Di Wilkins’ son and Sara and Brett Anhorn’s nephew – and the support from our CM family continues to be nothing short of amazing.  Walkers are made up of Thomas’ former school mates, neighbourhood friends, the CM–community and of course, his family and relatives.  The Walk is a great tribute to Thomas and his family – we hope to see you there.

5th Annual Walk for Thomas

The 5th Annual Walk for Thomas will take place on Sunday, September 27th. The walk will be held once again at Queen Elizabeth School in West Hillhurst, Calgary. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments or join us for the start of the walk at 10 a.m. followed by a BBQ at 11 a.m.

We were overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of participants last year and are looking forward to another great walk in memory of an exceptional boy.

Donations can be made through our website and if you would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact Julie Walyuchow at juliew@criticalmass.com.

Only a Few More Days

We are only a few days away from our 5th Annual Walk for Thomas! In the coming days we will be posting neuroblastoma facts and figures on our social media to help inform all of our followers and update you on current research.

We look forward to remembering an incredible boy on September 27 and coming together to raise awareness so that this disease will no longer affect our future generations. See you soon!

5th Annual Walk for Thomas

On September 27th, 2015, we will be holding our 5th Annual Walk for Thomas in Calgary, Alberta.

The Walk for Thomas unites friends and family of Thomas Mueller in the fight against a rare form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. Thomas fought this disease with courage and bravery for most of his young life and passed away on September 30th, 2011 – he was 7 years old.

To remember Thomas and to raise awareness and funds for neuroblastoma research, we invite you to join us at the Walk for Thomas. We hope to see you this year!

Donations will be accepted and Walk for Thomas merchandise will be available for purchase. All funds raised will go towards the Thomas Mueller Phage Display Project in partnership with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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An excerpt from Bill Overend’s WFT 2014 Speech

Your neighbour and mine Thomas Mueller was diagnosed while he was still three and he was seven years old when he lost his fight September 30, 2011.

I will never forget the moment I had to tell that news to my own boy and our tears as we drove to hockey practice not knowing what to do except going about our lives and pretending that everything was still the same.

Time passes and you get over certain things. And I need to tell you that every fall a couple of things happen to prove that his spirit is alive and well.

First off his school stages a Terry Fox Run every September, and, three years later, the Grade 5/6s are still writing on their stickers that they are running for Thomas.

Thomas was an exceptionally high-energy boy and I think all those mentions of him rouse his spirit in all of us.

Then, about a week ago, as I was out for a run myself, all these pictures of him began to enter my head. It happened up on Crescent Heights and it was like he was right alongside me, and I realized I was crying while I was running.

As we jogged, he pointed out his alternative future – what it would have been like had he beaten neuroblastoma.

He still loves his Lego collection, still loves Harry Potter too, but, after all, he would be 10 now and things would be a little different:

• He might be in Amy Ward’s Gr 5/6 class at the school, alongside all his pals.
• He would have built a robotics collection and love it just as much as his Lego now.
• He would be big into karate, or minor hockey, he’s Atom age now, he would have been getting a lot bigger as he left neuroblastoma in the dust and he would be wanting them to let bodychecking back in because he so loves the physical stuff.
• He wouldn’t even have to tell me he’d be into Minecraft and playing a lot of XBOX til 2 in the morning on sleepovers with his friends.
• He would NOT YET have any interest in kissing a girl!
• But he would know very clearly what he was going to do when he grew up:
o Go to medical school and then help Dr. Beaudry find a cure for all the rest of these childhood cancers.
o Marry a girl who is just as beautiful (but maybe not quite as crazy) as his sister.
o Have his own kids and eventually grandkids and love them as much as Phil and Di love him.

And then like the leaves that whirl and swirl this time of year, he is off, and I’m left on the path with only lyrics in my head, and this year (with apologies to iSH and Stef Lang), they were:

Nothing is stopping me now
Ain’t nothing bringing me down
And I don’t care what they say
Can’t nobody get in my way

This life is short so I’m seizing the day

Ain’t counting the days
But I’m making the days count

I’m rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Down the road, there ain’t no stopping me
Can’t put nothing in my way
I’m a keep rollin’ to a brighter day

For Thomas and for ourselves, now it’s time to seize that brighter day: let’s stand tall and walk strong.

-Bill Overend

Thanks Everyone!

We would like to send out our most heartfelt thank you’s to all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants who made the fourth annual Walk for Thomas such a success. The Thomas Mueller Phage Display Project is made possible by all of you and we are so thankful you have joined us on the road to find a cure.

-Team Peloton 65

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Hi Everyone,

The date has been set for the 4th Annual Walk for Thomas – please keep the morning of Sunday October 5th, 2014 open!  Watch the Peloton 65 site, http://peloton65.com/ and our Facebook page for more event details and updates.  The walk will be held at Queen Elizabeth School in West Hillhurst, Calgary (402 – 18 St NW).  We were overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of participants last year, and had an unexpected 350+ participants.

 THE WALK

The morning of October 5th will go as follows:

·         9:30am Wake-Up Refreshments

·         10:00am Welcome and Warm-up

·         10:15am Depart for 3km Walk

·         11:00am BBQ (back at the school)

We will have Walk for Thomas merchandise for sale and will also be accepting donations at the event. If you cannot make the event and still wish to donate, please feel free to visit the donation page at Peloton65.com. All funds raised at the event support The Thomas Mueller Phage Display project, an innovative project being co-led by Dr. Paul Beaudry at the University of Calgary and Dr. David Kaplan at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

VOLUNTEERS

This amazing event would not be possible without some equally amazing volunteers.  If you are interested in helping out this year, we would love to have your support.  There are a wide variety of ways to get involved:

  • Route Marshalls– Route Marshalls will be placed along the route to keep people moving and ensure that our walkers are safe.
  • Food Crew – From set up to prep to cooking burgers, there will be lots to do!
  • Registration Table – Greet walkers as they arrive, register participants, hand out event brochures/route map and provide a run down to the day’s event.
  • Merchandise and Donations Table – Manage merchandise and cash sales.  Collect and manage donations.
  • Event Set Up Crew – Arrive early before the event to help with the set-up of chairs/tables, the organizing of the various stations, accept deliveries and work with on-site vendors.
  • Clean Up Crew – Hang out after the walk to help us pack it all up!
  • First Aid Station – If you are qualified and would like to help out in this area, please let me know.

If you have any questions about the event or any of the listed positions, please contact Julie Walyuchow.  Feel free to forward this information along to anyone else you think might be interested.

We hope for another special Walk; where people will gather to remember Thomas and to unite in the fight against neuroblastoma.

-Team Peleton 65

Bikes are Tuned!

We have had some great feedback from our event on Saturday! But an event like this would not have been possible without the sponsors who helped make it happen and we want to send out heartfelt thank you’s to Bow Cycle North, Cyclepath Calgary and Pedalheads Calgary.

Thank you again to those who came down, the volunteers who put the event together and those who wish they could make it but sent good vibes anyway!

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-Team Peloton 65