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Don Patterson: The Cross Canada Ride for YMCA Strong Kids

Don PattersonIn 2012, YMCA volunteer Don Patterson took a personal challenge to complete a 7,220 km cross-country bike journey from Vancouver, BC to St. John's Newfoundland in 28 days to raise money to fight child obesity and raise awareness about the YMCA's role relating to this epidemic. All money raised supports the YMCA Strong Kids campaign to give kids the opportunities they need to live healthier, happier lives now, but also to grow into productive adults.

With 2 grandchildren and 3 children, Don says "My family benefited much from the YMCA programs to stay healthy and happy. Every kid deserves a chance to play sports, get active, and make friends. The YMCA is making this possible. It's the surest way to keep children healthy."