Not much can stand between Mark Bishop and his desire to complete the annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.
He’s met and conquered many health challenges in his life, but the last few years have been particularly rough. Bishop, just 53 years old, had hip replacement surgery, his appendix burst and he suffered a debilitating stroke.
However, the challenges did not stop him from tackling the 200-kilometre bike ride, it only made him more determined.
The Dundas resident spent a good portion of every day at the gym lifting weights and on the stationary bike to prepare for the event that benefits Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. And, along with thousands of other riders, Bishop jubilantly crossed the finish line on June 8.
When the going got tough, Bishop got tougher, breaking the ride down into manageable lengths and always keeping his eye on the finish line.
“Finishing the race kept me going,” he said. “Fifteen to 25 kilometres, stopping for rest and food. Four stops a day.”
This year Bishop personally raised $2,500; in the four years he has participated in the ride, the tally is more than $15,000.
Bishop said he likes the challenge the ride presents and is grateful to have found a way to say thank you for the care both he and his father received during their struggles against cancer. Bishop waged his own successful battle against testicular cancer in 1987, while his father Ron sadly succumbed to the disease after a year-long struggle in 1992.