Message from Jackie Herbst
Thank you for visiting the Project Linear Acceleration fundraising page. This event is near and dear to my heart. I want to express my appreciation for your support, and tell you why this race is so important to me, and my husband Mark.
I was first diagnosed with squamous cancer in 2014. The large tumour that had grown in my bowel measured over 10 cm x 8 cm. I began over 30 radiation treatments, with two rounds of chemotherapy, hoping for a cure. Unfortunately, two years later I found myself with new symptoms due to a recurrence. This time, the same cancer was associated with my uterus.

Due to the extensive scar tissue that resulted from my radiation treatment, it was difficult to clearly differentiate between what was tumour and what was scar tissue, so everything that had previously been radiated, plus a bit more to ensure a good margin around the cancer, had to be removed.

That surgery, due to its complexity, took place in February of 2017 in Toronto. With almost four weeks of hospital stay in Toronto, I have come to realize firsthand how lucky we are to have state of the art treatment options located in our own region at RVH. Through my experience I have learned that the healthcare we receive at home in our own region is second-to-none.
Unfortunately, this is not the end of my cancer journey. Through routine imaging follow-up this past fall, a cancerous lymph node in my chest was discovered. Due to the much smaller size of this affected area, we were able treat it with high dose, pinpointed radiation in attempt to rid me of the cancer once and for all.
Through my personal journey, with two very different rounds of radiation, I know that the addition of a new Linear Accelerator at RVH will help to ensure that those who require extreme precision radiation treatments, have access to that at RVH. The proceeds from our Race will support additional tools, technologies and space needed to maximize the use of the new Linear Accelerator.
Much like my cancer journey, the Race Across America (RAAM) is a journey of persistence and focused dedication. Mark and Paul are training a great number of hours each week for this event. On June 15, they, along with their entire support crew, will race 4800 km non-stop from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland as quickly and efficiently as possible. They’ll do so in support of the RVH Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, which has taken such great care of me since my first diagnosis.

I want to personally thank everyone contributing to this fundraiser. With the addition of state-of-the-art technologies like a new Linear Accelerator and the necessary technologies and tools, I’m confident that myself as well as many other local residents, will have access to the best possible care.

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Men on bikes crossing the finish line

Cycling Across Canada for Child and Youth Mental Health Educational Programs at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Local teachers Nancy Newman, Aaryn Coutts and James Carson are pedalling their way from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia to raise funds for educational programming for the Child and Youth Mental Health program at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. They will cycle 7600 kilometres (4750 miles) in July and August, 2019.

The trio say they are motivated to help youth, as they see first hand in their educator roles the challenges some students face, including mental health.

Nancy is an avid cyclist; a former road bike racer who specializes in endurance riding. She enjoys the changing seasons on the roads and trails around the Collingwood and surrounding area while on her bike, snowshoes or skis. She has participated in a variety of fundraising events over the years.

James models an active lifestyle as an elementary Physical Education teacher. He enjoys all types of sport, spending time with his family, and helping others. James is passionate about being a mental health advocate, and is looking forward to crossing Canada to help as many young people as possible.

Aaryn is a passionate cyclist who highly enjoys being on her bike and riding with friends. She loves exploring, adventuring and cruising throughout Barrie and the surrounding area on two wheels. Aaryn came into cycling through her participation in a variety of charity bike riding events in support of stroke and cancer research. Raising awareness for mental health is a cause that is close to her heart. She is honoured and elated to be joining James and Nancy on this epic adventure across Canada.

Support their journey and make a donation to From Rock to the Rockies.

This is the fourth year that Equipe ’78 is running the Toronto to Montreal charity ride. Each year a charity is selected to be the beneficiary of our efforts, and this time our efforts will support the fundraising efforts of Team Project Linear Acceleration, a cycling duo that participated in this year’s Race Across America. Along with cyclist Paul Millar, cyclist Mark Herbst rode in honour of his wife Jackie, a three time cancer survivor, raising funds for the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Funds will be used to equip RVH’s new Linear Accelerator with specialized tools and technologies used to deliver radiation treatments to cancer patients, advancing patient care in this large geographical region. This will also help to further alleviate Simcoe Muskoka residents use of Toronto area cancer centres, benefitting patient flow and wait times in the GTA and in Simcoe Muskoka.

Registration Requirements

Registration for this fully supported event is free. Those participating in Stage 2 are required to also setup a fundraising page and raise a minimum $1,000.00. A custom rider jersey will be included. Follow the instructions in the registration confirmation email.

Stage 1 – The Training Ride – Ajax to Kingston – 230km

Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. departure

The Stage 1 Training Ride starts at Ajax GO Station parking lot (100 Westney Road South, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 7H3) and ends at St. Lawrence College (23 Country Club Road, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 9A4).

Each rider is required to reserve their room by completing the form in this link . Please use Group ID: 038281 Pin: 1477 when registering online. You can also call the college at 1 (833) 752-2663. The Room Rate is $62.00 plus taxes. The Promo Code is Racer Sportif. Riders will either return with the support vehicles or via self arranged transportation.

Stage 2 – The Gran Fondo – Ajax to Montreal – 540km

Friday, August 23, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. departure

Day 1 of Stage 2 is a repeat of the Training Ride. The ride starts at Ajax GO Station parking lot (100 Westney Road South, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 7H3) and ends at St. Lawrence College (23 Country Club Road, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 9A4).

Each rider is required to reserve their room by completing the form in this link . Please use Group ID: 038134 Pin: 1111 when registering online. You can also call the college at 1 (833) 752 2663. The Room Rate is $62.00 plus taxes.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. – departure

Day 2 of Stage 2 departs at 8:00 a.m. from the St Lawrence College Residence in Kingston. The second day is a longer ride. The ride ends at 249 Boulevard Harwood, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC J7V 1Y3 just outside of Montreal. The support crew will load all equipment and riders and head to Le Nouvel Hotel and Spa (1740 Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1R3).

A block of single accommodation rooms have been prearranged. The price of the room is $199.00 per night plus taxes. Ride participants are required to reserve their rooms. Please call Lalia Elmtouni at (514) 931-8841 ext 2683. Promo Code is 842716 under the group name Racer Sportif. The return to Toronto will be either via the support vehicles or via self made arrangements.

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Thank you to our event sponsors

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Liberty North

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Donations made in support of the RVH Obstetrics Bereavement Program and the RVH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will help support the evolution of space and technologies to deliver support for future generations. Thank you for your support.

59 Dunnett Drive, Barrie
October 29, 18:00 – 21:00
October 30, 18:00 – 21:00
October 31, 17:30 – 21:30


Donations will be accepted in support of the
Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre at RVH.
All donations for 2019 will be in tribute to Sabina Floether, an annual visitor and supporter of her son-in-law’s Halloween Display. Sabina received care at the RVH Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre over the past two and a half years, and sadly passed away in September after her own brave fight with cancer. She will be dearly missed.

Visiting Dunnett’s Dark Lair has become a Halloween tradition for hundreds of Barrie residents over the last decade, and organizer Chris Arnott is once again planning to delight trick or treaters with frightfully good decor at his home at 59 Dunnett’s Drive.
Make sure to add this ‘Spook’tacular display to Halloween to-do list!

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Presented by Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Holiday Inn Barrie
Presented by Paramedic Nat & Brainstorm Revolution

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Town of Innisfil Council Chambers

Virtual 1km/5km
Family Fun Run/Walk

Bridget's run poster

Bridget’s Run is a 1km/5km family fun run/walk in recognition of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. Event organizers kindly chose Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Obstetrics Bereavement Program as well as Bridget’s Bunnies as beneficiaries of funds raised.

November 18 to December 24, 2020

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Since its inception, the Think Pink Golf Tournament has raised over $80,000 in support of patient care, and that would not have been possible without the generous contributions of the committee, sponsors, auction donors and players.

One of the key fundraising priorities for the future is to replace the aging mammography equipment and your support of this tournament helps RVH with that goal. With 20,000 mammograms performed each year at RVH, the mammography equipment is the work horse of diagnostics. The funds for the purchase of mammography equipment and other hospital equipment must be covered by donors. Equipment like this is not something the government supports.

Proceeds from Think Pink supports new equipment purchases like mammography equipment, and we know, state of the art equipment will give patients the best odds in the fight against breast cancer.