Celebrated Canadian humanitarian, lung cancer survivor and Memory Makers for Alzheimer's champion Chad Cieslik, aged 68, walks 1000 kms across Ontario this month to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research. His 1000-km Journey to Remember for Alzheimer’s begins in Glengarry on June 12th and is planned to end in Stoney Creek at the end of the month.
In 2010, Mr. Cieslik founded Butterfly of Hope, a constantly growing community of hundreds of Canadians united against cancer and various diseases, to honour those who have lost their battle, and to celebrate the survivors. Its name originates in ’the butterfly effect’– the theory that a butterfly flapping its wings in Beijing can cause hurricanes in the Atlantic. Over the past 14 years, Mr. Cieslik aka Papa B has walked tens of thousands of kilometres across Canada, and together with his Butterfly of Hope teams has raised over $2.6 million dollars to fund research and patient support.
”The urge to carry this torch initially came in 2003 from my mother-in-law’s battle with breast cancer, which she unfortunately lost in 2005, then my mother’s diagnosis in 2006,” Mr. Cieslik recalls. ”The walks helped save other people’s lives, and also prepared me for the dark times that followed, as in 2009 I was struck with stage-2 lung cancer and a tumour on my lower spine. The bonds made throughout the years with many other people affected by cancer kept me going, and made us all stronger.”
Mr. Cieslik will do his 1000-km walk on the Alinker R-volution, the innovative walking-assist device created by acclaimed Dutch-Canadian designer Barbara Alink for everyone who wants to stay active, regardless of possible mobility challenges. The Alinker has recently been recognized as a Top 5 SheEO Canadian Venture and Best Innovation Finalist in the 2017 Small Business BC Awards. LA Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Moscow featured the Alinker during the October 2016 shows by Bezgraniz Couture, a world-class designer of cool and wearABLE clothing for people with disabilities.
This is Mr. Cieslik’s 103rd and longest fundraising walk so far, and he feels ready to do it with the passionate selflessness he has proven time and time again at One Walk to End Cancer, 25-km and 100-km Walk for SickKids, the 24-hour 100-km Mont Tremblant Marathon, Weekend to End Breast Cancer, Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Relay for Life, CIBC Run for the Cure, Walk for Memories, and also food banks, the Stoney Creek Minor Hockey Association and Stoney Creek Women’s Hockey League.
“There are so many answers still to be found, and every dollar that we raise gets us one step closer,” Mr. Cieslik adds. “This is what it's all about: giving people hope that we are on the right path. I firmly believe we will beat cancer and Alzheimer’s in my lifetime.” In 2014, the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce honoured Mr. Cieslik with the Citizen of the Year recognition.
To follow and support Chad Cieslik’s 1000-km Journey to Remember for Alzheimer’s journey, please visit the official fundraising page, the Butterfly of Hope Facebook page and the Facebook event page here. To learn more about the Alinker, please visit www.theAlinker.com.
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