I am Andrew Bysice, an elite Canadian triathlete from Oakville, ON. I am also an alumnus of McMaster University's Swimming, Track and Cross Country Teams.
I am raising money for the removal of my beard from my face.
But, I am not doing it for me, I am doing it for Naomi Cermak.
Naomi is a friend of mine and a fellow triathlete and an alumnus of the McMaster Swim Team.
Naomi has Stage IV melanoma.
The incidence of melanoma is rapidly increasing in Canada with almost 6000 new cases reported every year. Melanoma has very few treatment options (let alone curative). However, one promising curative experimental treatment is called "immunotherapy" in which the patient's own immune system is taught to attack the melanoma. Immunotherapy is offered at only a select few cancer centres in the world and is currently not available in Canada. However, The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto is building an immunotherapy clinic in an effort to offer a curative treatment option for those diagnosed with melanoma . Naomi has requested that any money that I raise through "Fear the Beard" goes to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to benefit melanoma treatment and research.
My minimum goal is $1000.
The shave date is tentatively set for March 15th, 2013.
If Naomi is not in treatment that day, she will shave my beard.
EXTRA INCENTIVE: Who ever donates the most money will get to pick what is shaved into my facial hair, which I will wear for 24 h.
A recent interview with Helen Jenkins, from tri247.com, and related Asics promo with some words from Helen on dealing with injury and testing limits. I had the opportunity to talk to Helen's coach (and husband) Marc Jenkins at the 2011 ITU Buffalo PanAm Cup about Helen's incredible 2011 season and 2nd World Championship title. He said the key to her success was simply that she had been healthy and injury free throughout the year.
A simple yet profound lesson to remember as we seek a balance between testing limits and getting to the start line healthy.
An added benefit of having Mr. Jason Wilson in the squad is the very close relationship we have with BFIT - the Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes - a great group of people who are passionate about the sport of triathlon. Last year BFIT took on the huge task of hosting the first ever ITU race in Barbados. It was such a success, they're doing it again. The sprint distance makes it a good tune-up for the 2013 season, and you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer race venue anywhere on the circuit. Mark your calendars and book your tickets, the ITU Bridgetown PanAm Cup will be Sunday April 21, 2013.
Regional Triathlon Centre (RTC) - Guelph Head Coach: Craig Taylor Location: University of Guelph, Ontario Program: Full-time draft-legal triathlon program Contact: craig.taylor(at)triathloncanada.com RTC Entrance Policy:Link