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Appreciating life… by Tim Hope

Celia Hope
Celia Hope taking a short-cut through
the Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre
with their huge old Plane trees.

Celia and I met when we cycled 7,200 km across the country with Tour du Canada in 1997. We then lived in Port Hope, Ontario for 5 years before moving to Hamilton, New Zealand (Celia’s homeland) and where we have continued our enjoyment of cycling for touring and for transport. I joined the CKAP programme in 2008, recording my daily cycling distances and continue to do this as an incentive to match or exceed my previous year’s total. Celia hasn’t joined CKAP as she doesn’t have the required odometer but she uses the system to record her cycling kilometres. She says if she has gizmos she will lose her ability to estimate distances, speeds, the time of day, direction travelling, etc., which she can do amazingly accurately.

In October last year Celia turned 60 (‘how did that happen?” she asked!) To mark the occasion she wanted to do something special, particularly after having a major health scare.

Towards the end of 2016 she started having some niggles and couldn’t get comfortable sleeping. Her stomach started feeling bloated after eating and she found she couldn’t eat much at one time. When we went camping before Christmas she just thought she wasn’t up to sleeping on an air mattress any more but when the discomfort continued well after meal time she knew something wasn’t right and decided to go to her GP. Exactly a month later, after blood tests, scans and a bone marrow biopsy, she was diagnosed with blood cancer – more specifically Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma. This explained her discomfort as her spleen was overloaded with the cancer cells and had expanded to about double normal size! Luckily she was able to start having treatment about 2 weeks later. Fortunately the treatment worked and by the end of June 2017 the cancer was found to be in remission and her monthly blood tests have shown this has continued since.

Although there were still a few downs and it took time to build up her strength and fitness again, at the beginning of last year she was starting to think what she might do to make her 60th memorable and significant. It seemed there should be a challenge, probably some cycling and perhaps she could fundraise for LBC (Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ) as we remembered the great support that had been offered to us (as well of course from family and friends and medical staff).

Her ideas went on the backburner twice during the year. Because of her reduced immunity, she was struck by pneumonia and later came down with a sinus infection and bronchitis! Fortunately I also got it so she was able to bounce back and be nurse for me!

However we were soon both well again and she slowly increased her cycling as the spring weather improved. It was good to see her power up the hills again …

Although now she realised she may not be invincible, she felt fortunate to have good health and fitness again. So she took on her challenge – to ride 600kms during October with a goal to raise $2000 for LBC. We set up a fundraising page, e-mailed family and friends and on 1 October, which happened to be the start of her 2 week teaching break, she set off for her first 60 kilometres, a ride to Ngaruawahia much of it along Te Awa – the river ride by the Waikato River https://www.te-awa.org.nz/ .

Celia Hope riding a bicycle
Celia on Te Awa River Ride (1)

Although she went away for a few days to Christchurch for a family get together, she cycled all the other days of her holiday to accumulate 328km. She knew it would be more difficult to get enough kilometres once she started teaching 4 mornings a week again so instead of just doing the 11km to work and back she decided to take a ‘long way home’ to make it 21km. With these rides on her work days and some longer ones on her days off, she reached her goal a few days before the end of October. However, there was no stopping yet; she was further energised by the accumulating sponsorship which had gone well beyond the $2,000 goal to $3,805! So her final kilometres for the month totalled 702km.

For the year 2018, she also accumulated her previously normal annual 6,000 km.

While being aware that her cancer is in remission, not cured, she approaches each day with vim and vigour, loving her life and work and looks forward to our planned trip to the UK to cycle along Hadrian’s Wall and up the coast to Edinburgh in September 2019.

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(1) Te Awa (River Path) caters to people of all ages and abilities and was designed for both cyclists and pedestrians. The path is generally flat but does include a couple of very short but steep hills. The newest section is 10 km long running from North Hamilton to Ngarawahia.

CKAP News December 13, 2009

James D. Wilson
back as CKAP Coordinator (until a replacement is found)

Due to family difficulties, Paul M. Dicks has had to resign as CKAP Coordinator. James D. Wilson, who has served in this position for the past 15 years, indicated that he was happy to resume this role. So, please send your cycling logs for 2009 to:

James D. Wilson, CKAP 341
CKAP Coordinator
1249 St. Paul Avenue
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1V 6V8

CKAP News March 16, 2008

James D. Wilson
CKAP Coordinator

James has received an order of 24 CKAP Short Sleeve Jerseys with 15″ hidden zippers. This order No. 5 should fill in the missing sizes and the style has been updated.

Sizes Ordered; – S = 3 – M = 2 – L = 4 – XL = 8 – XXL = 6 – 3XL = 1
Please forward full payment to recive one of these jerseys, cost $80.00 ea.

If this is your first CKAP jersey and CKAP has your size in the older style we will send you the older style which cost $75.00
Please check the “CKAP Articles For Sale” on the CKAP web site to see which jersey is available to you. The CKAP Articles For Sale web site has been updated to reflect this new order in green. Long Sleeve jerseys will be ordered next year if required.

Please forward cheque or postal order made payable to CKAP and mail to:
James D. Wilson – CKAP Coordinator
1249 St. Paul Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1V 6V6

CKAP News December 3, 2006

James D. Wilson
CKAP Coordinator

The CKAP Yahoo Groups List Page is so members across the country can communicate with each other on cycling matters. It should be a form for the experienced to help the new cyclist.

New members can’t subscribe themselves as it’s a closed page for “Members Only”. For this reason we have a List Page Moderator, Paul Dicks CKAP # 1206  who subscribes all new members. In the past any member could unsubscribe by clicking on a link at the bottom of each list page message. This is no longer the case with Yahoo.

Not all member who are subscribed may want to be on the list page . However, they have a choice, by sending a message to Paul, you can be subscribed in three ways.

  1. Individual email – Way your subscribed first time.
  2. Daily Digest – Which is not very useful, not enough mail.
  3. Web page only – No email, However you must save the members web page address in your “Bookmarks” or “Favorties” depending on your browser. Then check CKAP messages from time to time only if you wish.

Address CKAP Yahoo Groups List Page:

You must first be a subscribed CKAP list page member.

Yahoo Group

To unsubscribe from the CKAP List Page send a email message to:

c-kap-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

In the “Subject Title” type “unsubscribe” . No text is required in the message.

If you run into problems “Please send an email message to Paul and he will be pleased to try and meet your requests. He can also change you to WEB PAGE ONLY instead of unsubscribing. In this way you will not get any email from the
CKAP List Page but you can send messages to the List Page and if wanted check the web site for past messages.

Flo’s Big Ride

Keith Shealy
CKAP Director USA
Dated: 31st.. December 2005
Hello Sir, James,
Hope all is well with you and your family, including Molly. I’m doing well and Patsy is recovering at home. (knee replacement). She still has a great deal of pain, but that is to be expected for awhile.

I received this newspaper article from a friend yesterday .”Florrie” Graham Bridgman rode with us Carolina Cyclers when she was a kid, and growing up. She married and moved to Alabama. I did not realize that she was still cycling, but looks like she is a tough lady on a bicycle.

I’m sure Woody (Frank A. “Woody” Graham III CKAP # 274) is proud of her. It’s just hard for me to believe that she is 41 years old and the mother of two children. Oh, well 70 is not old any more.

Flo’s Big Ride
Triumphantly pedaled her bicycle into Phenix City Saturday as the first woman to complete a sanctioned ride across Alabama.