Jennifer Pendray

ALS Cycle of Hope 2013 - Jennifer PendrayJennifer grew up riding cows and selling corn on her family’s dairy farm in North Saanich.  She moved back to the family farm with her own family when her dad was diagnosed with ALS so she could help her mom take care of her dad and fulfill their wishes of keeping her dad at home while battling this awful disease.

Jennifer is a Registered Massage Therapist and her career has offered many wonderful opportunities to fulfill several of her personal goals.  She has contributed to her community, country and family in so many fun and exciting ways.  She has been a member of the Canadian Olympic Medical Team twice as well been on the Commonwealth Games and PanAm Games Medical teams; she is the lead Massage Therapist for the Canadian National Diving team – all of which has meant traveling the world.  She has contributed to her community as a therapist, a speaker and a teacher; but the most painful reward of being a massage therapist was providing care for her family as she was able to be with her dad for the year he was sick and provide care for him daily.

She enjoys many different sports including cycling, hiking, running, paddling, hanging out at the dirt bike park with her 2 boys, learning how to avoid monkeys on long rides with the Cycle of Hope team and pretty much anything that involves being outside.

Favorite Hero/Quote:

  • Silken Laumann – An inspiration to everyone everywhere to overcome adverse tragedy with strength, grace and determination.
  • Many different people inspire Jennifer – there are many selfless, dedicated people all around us trying to inspire a new generation to be kind, caring and active...exactly what we need as a global community to sustain a happy, healthy life.

Lifetime Highlights:

  • Proud Mom of her 2 boys Trevor and Owen
  • Staying at home with her Dad during his battle with ALS
  • Member of the Olympic Medical Team – twice
  • Walking on the Great Wall of China, riding a camel in the sand dunes of Qatar, visiting the Sistine Chapel, seeing the Terra Cotta Soldiers.
  • Every day has a highlight – you never know when you might not have any more days, so she tries to find a highlight in EVERY DAY!!!

Reason for joining Cycle of Hope:

I was particularly moved by Cindy’s honest passion for helping those living with ALS to find Hope in the face of such adversity.  Having lived through our own battle with the disease I am keenly aware of how difficult it is to see someone you love suffer with the complications of ALS.  I have always wanted to help others living with the disease and the Cycle of Hope provides a unique opportunity to help many people with one event.  The teams sets out to raise awareness within the community, to inspire hope in those living with the disease and to raise funds that will help the various ALS Society’s do their job of providing direct care and needed equipment to the patients and families dealing with the disease right now.

I am so proud to be a member of Cycle of Hope.  I hope we can inspire others to do what they can while they still have chance.