Team ‘Lycra for Lucy’ has raised more than half a million dollars over 10 years of GearUp4CF Whistlerite Aaron Mittler pictured on the Crowsnest Highway during a previous GearUp4CF ride. He and his team have raised more than $500,000 for Cystic Fibrosis over the last decade. Whistlerite Aaron Mittler is no stranger to big climbs on a bike.
Every year for almost a decade, he has made the two-day trip heading “straight up the side of a mountain” from White Rock to Manning Park as part of GearUp4CF, the annual charity cycling event raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Canada.
The second half of the route in particular “is a very difficult ride,” he said.
But when his breathing starts getting heavier, “nothing gives you inspiration like someone who’s riding it with a set of someone else’s lungs inside them,” he added. “They’ve had a lung transplant, and you’re sort of complaining and trying to get up the mountain and thinking about quitting, and you look over and see someone doing that and it’s like, ‘Well, I better get my act together.’”
Mittler always has another motivating factor getting him through the more gruelling parts of the ride, too: his nine-year-old daughter Lucy, who was diagnosed with the fatal genetic disorder as a newborn living in Ontario. The progressive condition primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system.
“No parent wants to get a call like that,” he said.
But the family was fortunately introduced to “an amazing team” at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, […]