Maybe I should do Birthdays?

14/06/2016  |  Events |  Posted by: Steve Merker

IMG_9220_thumbnail.jpgA guy approaches the stage. It’s the middle of our Camp Show at the 9th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. There are 3000 people in the big tent and, as Emcee, I’m about to introduce Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The video of Alison Salinas is playing in the background, as we pay tribute to one of the most inspirational Ambassadors of the Ride, who sadly didn’t get the chance to ride this year.

This guy, presumably a Rider, walks right up to me. We shake hands and he proceeds to ask, “Hey, great job up there, do you do birthdays?” I pause. Trying to compute what the guy just said. “Pardon?” was my first response and so he repeated himself. Then I get it and it clicks. He wants me to Emcee his kids birthday party. “Sorry buddy, I don’t do birthday parties but I appreciate the request,” I replied.  And that was that. I thought to myself, what a funny request in the middle of our Camp Show.

But it got me thinking. I thought about Alison Salinas who, very sadly, we lost last November. Wouldn’t it have been great to have her on the Ride this year? Wouldn’t it be great for Alison to be here to celebrate another birthday?

And then I thought about what all of the 4253 Riders and 600 Crew and 400 Volunteers and thousands of donors are actually doing in support of the Ride. This incredible community raised $17.3 million in support of world leading cancer research at Princess Margaret. This research, in turn, is helping prolong and save lives. Making more birthdays happen.

So maybe I should do Birthdays?