Penetanguishene man undertakes ‘Nobody Does it Alone Tour’

Mike Dupuis of Penetanguishene was on Manitoulin Island as part of his Nobody Does It Alone Tour of Georgian Bay.

Visit includes Manitoulin Island

PENETANGUISHENE—A Penetanguishene man is undertaking the Nobody Does It Alone (tandem bike) Tour of Georgian Bay,  which includes Manitoulin Island, to raise awareness of cancer.

“Why am I taking part in this ride? I started out doing the annual Princess Margaret Hospital Ride, but one of my main inspirations is a girl that I went to high school who lives down the road from me. She has a couple of kids and has had to battle cancer three times,” explained Mike Dupuis. “Despite this she has not given up, down, and has kept fighting.”

“I’m raising funds and awareness for the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre and I just felt it would be nice to see the money raised go back into our own back yard,” said Mr. Dupuis. “The centre provides a lot of support to people who have cancer in the community and I want to raise funds and awareness for it and the RVH Cancer Centre in Penetanguishene.”

Anna Hartman explained, “the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre in Penetanguishene offers social and emotional support for those with cancer and their families for free. This centre is supported by the community as a stand alone centre.”

“We have over 200 members and this is the sixth year we have been in business,” said Ms. Hartman. “Mike is a member and a volunteer at the centre.” She explained, “there will be a film crew accompanying him to film his ride and to interview cancer survivors along the way. The idea is to spread some awareness of the need for support for centre’s like ours.”

Mr. Dupuis began the nine day 1,050 kilometre trip beginning August 19, at the Rotary Park in Penetanguishene. “I will be undertaking the tour of Georgian Bay, in a tandem bike. A friend of mine made a copper pipe figure to look like a human that sits in the second seat on the bike, which represents all those people with cancer who can’t take part in the ride.”

His trip will take him to communities like Bracebridge, Noelville, and two days in Sudbury (one day used for rest), then a truck ride from there to Espanola. “From there I will ride to Manitoulin Island (August 24) and stay at a friend’s cottage in the Misery Bay area. I will stay there for one night and then next morning (August 25) ride the bike to the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to take in the dinner cruise on the ferry over to Tobermory.”