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I haven’t ever written a post in which I ask you to support a cause before, but I feel as though this is one I absolutely had to write.

I was lucky enough to spend my University years getting to know some amazing people. One of those people is my good friend (and fellow #physed grad) Cayse Ruiter.

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Cayse and I back in the McGill days. Don’t ask about the beads.

How could I describe Cayse to you? For one, Cayse is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. He’s also one of the most stand-up guys I know: Cayse lives a very principle-centered life and it shows in every decision he makes.

Here are a few more fun facts about Cayse:

  1. Cayse can eat an impressive amount of chicken (following our Uni grad trip to Varadero, Cuba’s chicken population must have dropped by at least 15%)
  2. Today (June 11th) is Cayse’s birthday.
  3. Cayse is currently biking across Canada to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

That’s right: Canada. As in the second largest nation in the world (9.9 million square kilometres to be exact).

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Yes, that Canada. This isn’t Cayse’s exact route, but you get the idea.

Here’s why:

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Matthew Antolin.

On December 16th 2012, Cayse’s good friend Matthew Antolin passed away at the age of 27 while waiting for a heart transplant. To honour Matt’s memory and to help make a difference in the world, Cayse decided to bike across this great nation of ours to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Cayse isn’t looking for money and he sure as heck isn’t looking for fame. All he wants is to get people to sign their donor cards, and he’s willing to bike from Tofino, B.C. to St John’s, NL (an 8000+ kilometres route) to get it done.

Here’s how you can help Cayse in his journey:

1. Double check to make sure that you are currently registered as an organ/tissue donor. Cayse put together a great blog post with links on how to get this done in your province (for those of you outside of Canada, you can also support Cayse by registering with your government!)

2. Follow Cayse’s progress as he makes his way across Canada. You can follow his journey at OutliveYourself.ca, on Facebook, and on Twitter. A lot of people have been sharing pictures (on the Facebook Page and via Twitter) of themselves with their registered organ donor cards with is a great way to give Cayse a boost!

3. Crazy though it might sound, biking across Canada can make a guy feel pretty tired/hungry. Fellow Canadians have already reached out to Cayse and offered him food/hospitality. If you’re willing to do the same, I can vouch that he is a great person.


Get to know Cayse in this awesome video.
I understand that registering as an organ donor is a very personal choice, and not one that everyone is comfortable with making. That being said, hopefully Cayse’s journey will help inspire a few “on-the-fence” people to become donors.

Cayse, if your ass isn’t too sore from riding and you get a chance to sit down and read this, I want you to know that you’re absolutely crazy. But you’re an inspiration to all of us. I’m already stocking my freezer with chicken and pizza for when you get to Montreal.

God speed and happy birthday!

Thanks for reading everyone!

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.