Location: Okanagan, Canada
Earlier this year, Athina Merckx was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor. She had surgery on her right knee in April to remove it and after having some challenges in her rehabilitation is now facing a recurrence. She will be doing chemotherapy for over the next two years.
Granfondo Axel Merckx will match donations from fondo participants to the Desmoid Tumour Foundation of Canada- up to $10,000.
Athina is a smart, brave young girl who always has a positive attitude toward everything in life.
For those of you who have met her over the years at the fondo you know she was our super volunteer, always ready to help with set up package pick up and on race day, and we are sure she always wore a smile on her face to brighten everyone’s day. It is with the same spirit that she is facing this greatest challenge in her young life.