The fourth annual Max’s Big Ride crossed the finish line in Ottawa on July 17, 2018. Andrew Sedmihradsky launched Max’s Big Ride in 2015, and each year since then he and his now 7-year-old son, Max, ride their cargo bike 600km from Hamilton, Ontario to Ottawa, Ontario to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.
Max was diagnosed with Duchenne at the age of 2 years old, and Andrew and his wife Kerri decided to find a way to raise funds for research to help Max and all those who face Duchenne. Four years in, the event has grown to include the Ice Cream Ride, Max’s Big Climb, and new this year Max’s Big Beer – all to raise funds to support an exciting new research initiative out of the University of Toronto Mississauga.
To date, Max’s Big Ride has raised more than $125,000 and counting for research!
This year’s ride took Max and Andrew – often joined by Max’s little sister Isla – through some amazing communities. They were welcomed by supporters in Cobourg, they met the Mayor of Burlington, the staff at the Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata showed their amazing support again, and Max and Andrew were even featured on the front page of the Ottawa Sun!
One of the most exciting highlights of the trip came at the very end when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted the family and took some photos. We are so appreciative that the Prime Minister and the other Members of Parliament took the time to show their support for Max’s Big Ride.
Defeat Duchenne Canada is so grateful for, and incredibly proud of, the Max’s Big Ride team for everything they continue to accomplish – we can’t wait to see what’s next!
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