Max Chan

Meet Max Chan, our first cyclist to raise over $10,000 and qualify for the Tire Track Jersey

At the age of 40, Max started to take his health more seriously, by starting to get more regular check-ups and blood work – something he claims to have ignored for decades. Along with taking his health more seriously, Max was in the best shape in a long time, which retrospectively, he admits, was ironic.

As part of ongoing check-ups, his doctor saw a few things warranting more testing. After his CT scan on February 27, 2020 (a date Max will never forget), his doctor discovered a golf-ball-sized mass on his right kidney, which was later confirmed to be stage 1 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). “I’ve never had a feeling quite like I had when Dr. Strother called me later that morning and asked me and my wife to come in immediately,” said Max. “I then knew it was not good news but did not expect to hear it was cancer.”

It left him with questions “Is it terminal? Is it treatable? How do I tell our kids? Can I ever return to a normal life?”

Unfortunately, like many, Max’s already difficult cancer journey was affected by COVID-19, as he was diagnosed just weeks before the pandemic hit. Max had a very real and valid concern of postponed surgeries, which luckily, was not the case for him. Not long after being assured that his early diagnosis and the location of the tumor, surgical intervention was the best treatment option. In May 2020, Max had a nephrectomy, which is a procedure to remove a part of his Kidney.

With the pandemic, the reality of his situation was not being able to have any visitors by his side when going through his journey and surgeries. “That was really hard on us not to be able to be there, but between Facetime and just needing the time to rest it was manageable.” With the incredible care and friendly and compassionate nature of the staff at Rockyview General Hospital, it helped Max ease the stress and strain. “These people embody what it means to be dedicated healthcare workers.”

Max, now fully recovered and cancer-free joins a proud group of incredible cancer survivors. The physical recovery of his surgery took some time and had a large impact on his body, but he has since been able to return to a relatively active lifestyle. “I’ve skied more days this season than I ever have – nearly 40 days,” said Max. “I didn’t get a chance to mountain bike much last summer, but I am looking forward to more this summer with my family.” This year, Max is taking on the challenge of cycling in and fundraising for the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. To date, Max has raised over 37,000 and is currently one of the top individual fundraisers.

Max highlights the importance of early detection, which is what made his journey with cancer a ‘success story.’ “Middle-aged men like myself, we are a stubborn and foolish cohort sometimes and take for granted that the indestructible bodies we thought we had as teenagers will continue on in life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way so we have to stay on top of our check-ups,” says Max.

“I’ve told people this is a club you never want to join, but are proud to be part of once you’re in it as you get to see true resilience and strength,” said Max. “There’s a big community out there and organizations like the Alberta Cancer Foundation help bring it all together.”

This is Max’s first time doing the Tour and he has chosen to cycle to the summit of Panorama on his mountain bike this summer.

Why do you Tour?

I am riding to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer.


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Courtney Gleiberman

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Today we honor the mother figures impacted by cancer, those who have faced the disease and those who have supported their loved ones through it.

Mother, daughter duo Courtney & Judy Gleiberman – or as they lovingly call themselves Lil Tomato and Moma Tomato –will mark 10 years cycling in support of Albertans facing cancer.

In Courtney’s own words:

“In 2009 my uncle was diagnosed with a brain tumor; he was lucky enough to participate in some of the programs that the Tour Alberta (formerly known as Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer) dollars fund and went into remission. In late 2011 the tumor came back very aggressively. My mom had discovered this fundraising event called ‘The Ride to Conquer Cancer’ and convinced me, and both of my cousins to join her in June 2012 and even got my dad and sister into volunteering.

“Unfortunately, my uncle did not live to see us ride that first year. He was just one of many family members that we have lost over the years to a host of different types of cancer, and it is for them that we continue to fundraise and ride for.

“For my mom & I the Tour has always been about family; paying tribute to those we have lost to cancer, working together to fundraise, and bonding after riding all weekend. Over the years we have trained together, exploring the terrain in the Edmonton River Valley and inspired each other to sign up again and again even when we wanted to throw in the towel. It doesn’t hurt that we have gained a solid group of donors who motivate us to continue to participate in this great event.

“We Tour in honor of the memories of Aunt Agi, Uncle Bob, Grandma Edith, Uncle Tony, and too many others whom we have lost to cancer. We fundraise to ensure that a cure for this disease will be found within our lifetimes.”

Over the last 10 years, Courtney and her family have collectively fundraised over $55,000 through the Tour.

This Mother’s Day, honor that special mom impacted by cancer by registering for Tour Alberta. We tour in honor of those with us, And those we’ve lost. Register here.

Who do you Tour for?

We Tour to ensure that a cure for this disease will be found within our lifetimes.


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