Ron Zwaagstra

Supporting cancer care in Atlantic Canada. Learn More.

I'm fundraising for Ride for Cancer

Did you know that 1 in 2 Atlantic Canadians will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime? That is why I’m joining the fight to help build the best cancer care program in our region. On Saturday, October 3, I’m riding alongside a community with one common goal: to transform cancer care, here at home.

With your support, we are one step closer to introducing a new, world-class procedure at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Access to a breast seed brachytherapy program will help ensure that some early stage breast cancer patients – from every community across our province – can spend less time at the QEII undergoing radiotherapy. This program will reduce the number of treatments required from 30 to 1. For patients, this means more time at home, focusing on what matters most.

These tiny seeds have a big impact and with your support, we will be able to target breast cancer better than ever before and help ensure our cancer centre has the best treatment options available here at home.

We’ve all been touched by cancer and when you support my ride, you are funding the fight against cancer for Atlantic Canadians today and for future generations.

My Achievements

Completed Profile Page

Shared Personal Page

Made a personal donation

Reached my fundraising goal!

My Updates

Posted October 2nd - Tomorrow is the big ride

My kit is ready and I'm delighted with all the support I received for this first effort. A big thank you to all who supported my ride and bought calendars. 

Proceeds From Exploring NS calendars - September 10, 2020

Truro businessman Stuart Rath will match up to $100,000 of today's contributions to the event for today only. I have nearly sold out my first run of calendars. Since today is Match Day, I decided to donate $400 from calendar proceeds today rather than wait until later in the month. That means the calendar has generated $800 toward the event so far. Thanks to all who have supported my ride and bought calendars.

Update on Calendars and the Ride

The ride will be different this year but it is on. The organizers have created an structure event that has the full blessing of the province in meeting COVID guidelines. 

A first run of calendars has been printed. I still have 15 - 20 left. But if you want one, contact me as they are going fast. $15 + shipping + HST. If you are in metro HRM, I may be able to arrange free delivery with you. 

Because of generous sponsorship and calendar sales, I should be able to get past my $2,000 goal.

Canada Day

After a great deal of thought, today I changed my ride for the Your Ride for Cancer to the 100 km road route from the 160 km ride. I decided to do this for a number of really good personal reasons. I have done a number of century rides (162 km or 100 miles) in my lifetime and to be honest, I have found the last few a bit much. I'm not getting any younger, but a 100 km ride is still fun for me. In the end, I decided it was important to enjoy this ride. I will do this ride with the same enthusiasm and inspiration from the stories you have shared with me.

June 11, 2020 Calendars for Cancer

My 2021 calendar design is almost completed. $15 + shipping + HST. Profits from pre-orders before September 30th go to my ride. If you don't want a calendar, you can donate directly to my page.

May 5th - A new Era

We're in week 8 of COVID guidelines that were first announced by our province on March 13th. We've been through much together apart in the time since. Like  my other volunteer endeavors, I put a pause on this project, but that doesn't mean it isn't important. Today was the first day in a couple of months, I have looked at my profile here. I'm looking at ways in our new era where I can bring my fundraising here up to $2,000 by October 3rd. 

A 10th Anniversary - March 4, 2020

Today marks 10 years of the passing of my favorite Uncle. He became sick in the late fall of 2009 and was gone mere months later. His cancer was very aggressive. I miss him. He was the cool uncle, a good family man who did his best and was funny as hell. He is definitely in my thoughts today.

My Page Has Been Created on Leap Day 2020

Recreational cycling has been a lifelong adventure for me. This year I am putting this passion to good use on the "Ride for Cancer". Unfortunately, we all have Cancer stories either about ourselves or family and friends. Some outcomes are better than others but the strength and resilience of those who have had to "Face the Fight" inspires me. This year's goal of funding access to a breast seed brachytherapy program is particularly fitting for me to do the ride this year. It will have me thinking about my Mom on the ride. She rang the bell to celebrate her last breast cancer treatment 3 years ago and is still going strong. 

Thank you to my Supporters


Nancy Locuratolo

Congratulations on a great ride Ron


Colin & Vanessa Zwaagstra

Have a wonderful ride tomorrow!!!


Jennifer Noel




Exploring Ns Calendars

Final proceeds from Exploring NS calendars


Wanda White

In memory of Doris Miss Dewling! Sister of Hope Knapman and Aunt to Wanda White, Wayne and David Knapman


Jim Vance

Great stuff Ron, enjoy the ride.


Exploring Ns Calendar Profits

Proceeds from Exploring NS calendars


George And Geraldine Zwaagstra




Barb & Derek


Douglas Matheson

Good Luck on your ride.


Nancy & Greg Bembridge

Good luck with your ride in October! Hopefully the weather will co-operate!


Cindy Titus


Jim Goit


Tammy Fulmore

Great job!


Greg Zwaagstra


Dan Jennings


Randall Angus




Ross Bartlett


Julia Cottingham

Nothing but admiration. Safe ride!


Lynne Illsley

Thanks for doing this Ron.


Wallace Ward


Daniel Macinnis, (tommy)

Thank you for all you do!


Peter Smith

Good project


Alison Zwaagstra

Way to go, Dad! :D


Sally Holden

This is a wonderful initiative, thankyou for doing this!


Steve Lovett

Roll On Ron.....


Barbara Pate

Best of luck on your ride, Ron. It's a beautiful thing you are doing!


Gwen Zwaagstra

Thanks for doing this!!!



Good luck


P. A. Cathcart

Thanks Ron. Great cause. Pat


Cheryl Macinnis


Sylvain Allaire

Thank you Ron for your efforts!

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