Introduction Hello everyone! We are very excited to share this with you. This
e-book is filled with stories of Skate4Cancer supporters from
around the world.
Thank you so much for helping us to make this idea become a
reality! We're very happy to be involved with such incredible
We hope you have tissues somewhere, because you'll need them!
Polona & Tara
Here we go
Ashley(Alberta): After losing my Grandfather to lung cancer, on top of a series of other losses in
my family, certain aspects of my life were altered -- and not necessarily for the
better. Though I learned from these things, and am a better person for it now,
those times weren't exactly positive ones, and by some stroke of luck, during
that time I stumbled across Skate4Cancer. I'd heard about the organization
before, but never really looked into it, and upon reading their mission
statement, I think it's safe to say my life was changed. And for the better this
I now have a print out of that statement, pinned up on my wall. Reading it I felt
such an incredible connection and a sense of hope, an indescribable sense of
hope. I started skateboarding that summer, and Skate4Cancer became
something I held on to. It felt like a light, when things were dark. I followed the
New Zealand and Australia skate, checking the blog every day, and as things in
my family got worse in some ways, and better in others, I found myself
wanting to contribute something to the cause. The cause that had been
helping me and giving me hope, not just through my experience with loss due
to cancer, but gave me hope that I could be a good person, and follow my
dreams, just like Rob had. And I'm sure it's a unanimous opinion when I say we
all know that Rob is easily the most big-hearted, empathetic, strong, and
simply beautiful person to ever touch the lives of others.
Wanting to share my connection, and help others, I organized a Skate4Cancer
event in my hometown in Alberta. Alberta is a pretty boring place, and lots of
kids turn to drugs and cigarettes to kill time, and having lost my Grandfather
to lung cancer, I wanted to tackle that. I wanted to promote Skate4Cancer so
that maybe someone like me, who could use a light in their life, could find one.
I wanted to share Skate4Cancer to promote cancer prevention too, to get kids
to stop smoking, to agree with the fact that "the cure is knowledge." I wanted
to do my part, and be proud to support Skate4Cancer, and help promote them.
It was the least I could do after all they had done for me.
Unfortunately, after months of planning and trips to skate parks and events to
advertise my event, lack of interest and some legal conflicts forced me to
cancel. I had planned a mini skate (just a few kilometers), and a barbecue. Out
of all the pamphlets I handed out, and all the skate shops and events I visited,
only two or three people were committed to participating, and I had found out
too late in the planning process that I needed legal permissions to skate the
strip of highway I intended to.
Although I am saddened by the fact that young people here just didn't seem to
get it -- I had some people sneer at my pamphlets, I had some kids straight up
refuse to quit smoking, it doesn't change what Skate4Cancer did for me. I hope
that maybe, one of my pamphlets in my hometown reached someone who,
even if they didn't contact me or didn't agree to skate, looked up
Skate4Cancer. And I hope that the word of the organization spread, and
helped someone, in some way. And knowing that I made a real, genuine effort
to change something in my city gave me a sense of accomplishment, even if
the event wasn't a success.
I now have a Skate4Cancer tattoo, and I take pride in explaining what the
organization is to people who ask me what it means. I suppose this story is my
way of extending an incredibly heartfelt thank you, to Rob and those at
Skate4Cancer for doing what they do. The cause is an incredible one, and I
know for a fact that I am not the only life they have touched.
I say with confidence now that the hardships I did face at that time, are over. I
had the strength to move on and move forward, all on my own, but nothing
will compare to that little light, that hope that Skate4Cancer was to me. Rob
is, without a second thought, my hero. And if there were one person I could
wish all the happiness and prosperity in the world on, it would be him. I've met
him once at Warped Tour, but I'd love to meet him again, to shake his hand
and thank him. And of course, catch that incredibly contagious smile of his.
Karen (Switzerland): ''That day I
met Rob Dyer in beautiful Paris'' I had planned for month to travel from Switzerland to Paris to meet some of
my friends who live there during my Summer holidays and was really sad to
learn that I was going to miss Rob for juste a couple of weeks. And when, a few
weeks before going there, I saw that tweet saying the meeting was postponed
and would be on June 26th 2011 I couldnt have been happier in that moment
because I was going to meet one of my role models.
It took us quite some time to find the right hill where the meeting point was (it
was in a huge park with dozens of hills and it was crazy hot that day) but I
finally got there with my two friends!
I remember seeing him from afar and having the biggest smile ever and that
feeling of pure joy growing in my stomach. I was so nervous before going to
talk to him because I had a million of ideas of things I wanted to say but they
wouldnt come out of my mouth. And acting that way was so stupid because
he is the most genuine persone I have ever met and after a few seconds, all my
silly thoughts disapeared and it felt like I was talking to a friend.
I also remember thinking that you could just see the kindness in him from his
smile. He has the sweetest smile and its contagious.
He asked us how and when we heard first about Skate4Cancer and asked
about nice places in Paris and cities that they were going to skate in and some
other random things. And then we took a picture with him, hugged him
goodbye and let him talk to other supporters that were waiting for their turn to
talk to him.
It went all very quick but it was enough for me to realize how amazing he is and
how much he inspires me in becoming a better and even more kind person.
And from that day on, I consider that moment as one of the best day of my life
because it truly changed me.
So thank you Rob for all your hard and amazing work. Thank you to the
Skate4Cancer team, too, because you are all amazing for being part of such a
Nicki (Alberta, Canada): ''I finally
met my idol.''
August 12th, 2011, I met one of my idols. Rob Dyer. He was at the All Time Low
concert selling Skate4Cancer merch, trying to get the word out about
Skate4Cancer, what they do and stand for. He was handing out pamphlets
with information about Cancer. When I asked for a picture with him, he said
yes with a big smile on his face. He was just so upbeat and happy about what
he was doing. After the picture he gave me a hug and thanked me. I was too
tongue tied to say anything other than thank him also. There was so much I
wanted to say to him, like thank-you for what you do, youre a huge inspiration
to me, and youre story is such a sad but good one. If I could change a thing
about meeting him, I would just tell him how much he and Skate4Cancer mean
to me. All I can say is keep up the great work Rob! And I hope you can open the
DreamLoveCure center soon! That center will do wonders to people dealing
Camille (France): ''Rob made sure
he talked to everyone and gave so
many hugs I stopped trying to count
I lost my grandmother when I was a child, my grandfather had to deal with it, such as my uncle and a lot of people I care(d) about, may they have been from my family or not. But the biggest loss I had to deal with was the one of my father. I've been missing him everyday for almost two years now, and I will probably always do.
He was my hero, and he's still the person I look up to the most. He was an incredible human being, the kindest person I've ever known. He's fought for two years before finally pass away exactly a week after his 47th birthday. I'll never forget that day. This is when I decided to change. I think and hope I became a better person thanks to him. I got tattooed "Dream Love Cure" in his memory exactly one year after that, which was my first tattoo of a long list. I met Rob last June at the "Skate de France" kick off in Paris, and it was just amazingly perfect. He took time to make sure to talk to everyone, hear everyone's stories and give so many hugs I stopped trying to count them. I hope Skate 4 Cancer gets way bigger in the future. It's an organization everyone should know about, and I'll always try my best to spread the word about it. I hope they'll be able to open centers in a lot of foreign countries to sensitize youngers about cancer.