Saturday, May 30, 2015

Portraits of Survival

Why am I cycling across Europe?

I was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in 2004, when my children Julianne and Phil were 11 and 9 years old. I was saved by science, the discoveries that resulted from many years of medical research, and the skill and care of my doctors and others. I am forever grateful for the second life I have been given, and for these portraits of survival:

Me and my daughter Julianne in 2004, several weeks before I was diagnosed

Me and my daughter Julianne in 2012

My daughter Julianne graduates from McGill University May 28,  2015 and I am there!

Me and my son Phil in 2004, the day I was diagnosed 

Me and my son Phil in 2012

I cycle to celebrate life, and to raise money for our Research Chair, in the hope that with continuing discoveries others will also have portraits of survival.

Please support our Research Chair, and life, at, thanks. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

One Week To Go!!

Please support our research chair  at - together we can defeat blood cancers!

Friday, May 15, 2015

2 weeks to go to my big ride!

Ten years I was diagnosed with acute leukaemia, and I survived only due to a stem cell transplant I received at Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. In 2010, to celebrate 5 years of survival and raise money for research into blood cancers, I cycled from the Atlantic cost of France to the village in Hungary where my grand-parents were born. In 2012, I published Portraits of Hope ( to give hope to cancer patients. 

This year, to mark the 10th anniversary, and in gratitude for everything medical research and HMR have done for me,  we established the Maryse and William Brock Chair in Applied Research into Stem Cell TransplantationThis research chair will bridge the fundamental research being carried out by the scientists at HMR and the Université de Montréal with the clinical care provided by the world class stem cell transplant program at HMR, thereby bringing new therapies and treatments to patients, improving patient care and saving lives.
At the end of May, I am leaving for one month to cycle down the Atlantic coast of France, across Spain and then across Portugal back to the ocean, in order to raise money for the research activities of the Chair. You can learn more about the Chair and make a donation at, or by sending me a cheque payable to Stemcellchair–Université de Montréal. Your donation is tax deductible.

You will also be able to follow my ride on this blog. 
I greatly appreciate your support and generosity.

Sincerely, Bill.