What are your favourite things of 2020?

Numerologists say being alive in 2020 is special because it is the only year you are likely to live through wherein the first two digits will match the second two digits. Non-numerologists (!) found 2020 “special” in other ways – shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, bikes and skis, yeast and flour, travel and live music, fresh turkeys and live sports. And what about the over abundance of Netflix and masks, Zoom meetings and directional arrows, sweat pants and housecleaning. But really, can there ever be too many puppies?

And yet, there have been many bright spots for our family in 2020. Here are two of our favourite things of 2020.

We were able to donate two more bikes since our last blog this time last year, both from your generous donations. Meet Ethan and his parents.

Ethan was born with a congenital myopathy called Nemaline Myopathy (NM). It is a rare muscle disease and he is on the more severe end of the spectrum. It affects his skeletal muscles, resulting in low muscle tone all over. It significantly affects his breathing and swallowing muscles, so he has a tracheostomy and ventilator to support his breathing and a feeding tube. Despite his condition, he is capable of so much. He is a strong-willed, funny and curious little boy. He now has a bike to get around on, and we were thrilled to see his excitement (on Zoom) when he received it earlier this year.

Meet Kenzie.

Kenzie, 17 yrs old, was nominated to receive a bike by Peak Performance Health Center in Mirimachi New Brunswick, the clinic and staff that were so kind after my fall in August 2019.  They have also been key supporters of Kenzie during her journey. Thank you so much Jason! Kenzie has always been a very active and passionate person, full of energy and dreams. She was a competitive cheerleader, avid skier and swimmer. In early December of 2018 Mackenzie was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Mackenzie’s dreams have now changed to a day she can live without pain and be able to walk again. We met her on Zoom and know she will make the most amazing recovery possible. If anyone can, Kenzie can.

That is 14 bikes donated across the country now! AND there will at least another 4 -5 bikes donated with the funds you have contributed. We continually watch for urgent need for bike donations.

The completion of our JoyRide in 2020 was delayed due to provincial travel restrictions. So, another one of our favourite things is to think about picking up where we left off and completing JoyRide in 2021 when provincial borders open. Or maybe we will do it again in reverse. Or maybe we’ll go from North to South. Or maybe…… One thing 2020 has taught us is to appreciate our favourite things even more – time with family and friends in person, an inside dinner party, unrestricted travel.

We hope you are able to find meaningful connections with family and friends, even if they can’t be in person yet. Wishing you and your families a healthy and happy balance of 2020 and a return to your favourite things in 2021.

Merry Christmas!

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6 thoughts on “What are your favourite things of 2020?

  1. kkary@shaw.ca

    Wow! This is nice warm hug of great news in an otherwise grim year. Brings a smile to my face and heart. Great work you guys are doing!!

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  2. Hi Jay, Hi Deb,
    I thought that you would have had to delay the completion of your epic ride. So unfortunate, but it’s wonderful that you were able to donate those bikes to people who will enjoy them put them to good use. We are all hoping for a return to normalcy; so many things we took for granted before. I want to hug everyone when this is over!
    Charlie and I planned on cycling through Europe this past summer. Somehow I doubt that it will happen in 2021 but we will hold out hope for 2022. Don’t want to wait too long though… I retired from dental hygiene and am loving having my time to myself despite the lockdown. The people I worked with were great, everything was really good, but retirement is much better! I do miss seeing some of my favourite clients though.😀 Merry Christmas and may 2021 be the year you finish your ride and a wonderful year for you guys.
    Wendy Hunter

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  3. janhelmut

    Deb: Helmut and I followed each of your blogs and enjoyed them so much. You are an exceptional writer….just in case you didn’t know 😊. Thanks for this update and reminder of what matters. J

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  4. Keith Gilbert

    Some rays of sunshine during this rather dark period. Thank you Deb and Jay for helping all these kids. Absolutely wonderful! Undoubtedly the bikes offer them more freedom and independence than they could have dreamed ….. but so deserve. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves how fortunate we are and that we should appreciate more what we have. Your amazing bike ride adventure has certainly brought this into clear focus! Many thanks. Best wishes to you both and your family this Christmas.

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  5. Brenda

    You are both such an inspiration to me, and I am so grateful to be a part of your journey, on so many different free by levels !
    Merriest Christmas wishes

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  6. Greg Alexander

    You two are doing such a wonderful job. Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year. All the very best. Greg & Sharon.

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