I know Addy’s Daddy doesn’t want too much fanfare because he’s not that kind of guy. But in just a few weeks, he turns 40. It’s a huge milestone year and even though we don’t really do gifts, I wanted to do something special. My first thought was buying him a fancy new road bike, but apparently those cost at least $1500+, not to mention it’s complicated to buy someone else a bike. I kind of think of it like Aaron buying me a pair of shoes…so many factors to consider it’s probably best not to go there. So months and months ago, I started looking for ways to make him a special custom bike jersey. Aaron has been in training for the Whistler Gran Fondo, an event he’s wanted to do for a few years now. What a great opportunity to spread the message about organ donation?
I finally found a company that would do just a single jersey – we don’t have a Team Addison on bikes…at least not yet – and started working on a design. With the help of my friend Julie who patiently explained what a vector file is and contributed some computer tricks, plus many hours scouring the internet, I got Aaron the perfect birthday present. Addison and I gave it to him early so he could wear it this weekend at his training ride at the Fraser Valley Fondo.
Not only did Aaron rock the 88kms (he would have finished sub 3-hours if he hadn’t run into a major mechanical problem), his jersey also brought a new heart transplant buddy into Addison’s circle. Another cyclist saw Aaron’s jersey and asked him why he was promoting organ donation. When Aaron told him about the Princess, his fellow cyclist said, “Me too!”. Turns out Chris got his transplant three years ago, one week before his twin daughters were born. He introduced us to his lovely family. He also showed his zipper scar to Addison and we had a great chat discussing medications, post and pre-transplant life, as well as the best advice he was given by another transplant recipient – keep moving. A great way to keep living, don’t you think?
Elaine, Aaron and Addison
PS – We have had a couple of people interested in ordering one of these special jerseys. If we get enough people, I can place an order. Of course it wouldn’t say “Addy’s Daddy” on the sleeves! And I would either take off “My daughter thanks you!” or change it to “Addison thanks you!” Price is approximately $70.
PPS – Aaron still got his fancy new road bike. And I agreed to pay for half of it!