Rui Umezawa
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $3,500.00

My Message

If you are here, you are likely a good friend, and you may know that this is my third year participating in Cycle for Sight (CFS) to raise funds to battle vision loss.  The cause is of personal importance to me, as my wonderful son-in-law, Steve, is stricken by retinitis pigmentosa.  This has not slowed him down, however, and last year he even completed the 50k CFS route with me on a tandem bike, both of us members of the indomitable Wasabi Riders.  He continues to inspire me to do what I can to support this important cause.

Taking part in Cycle for Sight is especially important this year when Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC), which is generally driven by events such as CFS, is in dire need of our support.  They are looking at a potential $1 million gap in financing due to the various cancellations brought about by COVID-19. FBC researchers have already had to delay invaluable research because of COVID and need this funding to retain highly skilled staff to prevent time-sensitive experiments, in which significant investments have already been made, from being wasted.

So, although the event has taken a very different form this year, I have decided to ride with the amazing CFS community on June 20.  There is a great deal of flexibility for each participant to undertake their own activity, connected in spirit virtually via the internet across Canada.  I, for one, am planning a 60k ride westward from my home in Toronto along the shores of Lake Ontario.  Steve, meanwhile, will be walking the distance of a half-marthon with my daughter Aria.

We are all living in an unprecedented time because of this terrible pandemic, and I appreciate the tremendous challenges people may be facing right now. And if you are unable to give this year, that is ok – it goes without saying that I understand, and I would still appreciate your encouragement.

However, if you are in a position where you can make a contribution to my campaign in support of FBC at this crucial time, I would be truly grateful.  As always, ANY AMOUNT will be very much appreciated.

I feel extremely thankful for the friends I have and to have the opportunity to continue to support FBC by participating in this year's virtual event to help keep the research going.  I sincerely thank you in advance for any contribution you can make to my ride and Fighting Blindness Canada!

Alternatively, if you prefer to sponsor me with a cheque, please include Cycle for Sight and my name in the memo line and send to Cycle for Sight, 890 Yonge Street, 12th Floor, Toronto, ON M4W 3P4.

My Team

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My Supporters (72)

Barry Chaim left a message
Jul 31, 2020 11:00 AM
Your energy and commitment are an inspiration. Keep on "seeing" great results for your efforts.
Barry Chaim donated $118.00
Jul 31, 2020 10:59 AM
Elizabeth Collins donated $30.00
Jun 20, 2020 6:01 PM
Bess Coll8bs left a message
Jun 20, 2020 5:45 PM
Safe bicycling Rui! Enjoy the ride.
Chi donated $50.00
Jun 20, 2020 11:16 AM
Margaret Buckworth donated $50.00
Jun 18, 2020 9:03 AM
Yaroslava Timoshenko donated $50.00
Jun 17, 2020 2:52 PM
Naoko Hirose donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 17, 2020 3:01 AM
Ron Korb left a message
Jun 15, 2020 6:01 PM
Rui and Wasabi Riders, We are rooting for you!
Ron Korb Productions Inc. donated $200.00
Jun 15, 2020 5:52 PM
Kai Umezawa donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 15, 2020 4:03 PM
dave left a message
Jun 15, 2020 9:39 AM
Summon the power of Marvel, and all the occupants of ncc 1701, and ride like a non steroidal champ Rui!
David Giddens donated $50.00
Jun 15, 2020 9:37 AM
Mark Goss donated $50.00
Jun 15, 2020 8:40 AM
Jason Kwan donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 14, 2020 11:51 PM
Noriko left a message
Jun 14, 2020 6:05 PM
All the best!
Noriko Yabuki-Soh donated $50.00
Jun 14, 2020 6:04 PM
Dan Bergen donated $75.00
Jun 14, 2020 4:40 PM
Mariko Liliefeldt donated $25.00
Jun 10, 2020 5:05 PM
Mariko left a message
Jun 10, 2020 4:59 PM
Mariko Liliefeldt donated $50.00
Jun 10, 2020 4:57 PM
Dorosay left a message
Jun 10, 2020 2:52 PM
Ride on, my fRuiend!
Dorothy van Grootheest donated $50.00
Jun 10, 2020 2:51 PM
Susan Babcock left a message
Jun 9, 2020 9:04 PM
Rui - Jia you!!!!!! Love from Sarah, Anna and Susan
Susan Babcock donated $200.00
Jun 9, 2020 9:03 PM
Sergei Timoshenko donated $75.00
Jun 9, 2020 12:52 PM
your old teacher, Sonja left a message
Jun 7, 2020 7:09 PM
Dear Rui, Gambatte. May you be able to ride with Steve and well as for him and all others challenged by diseases of sight.
Sonja Arntzen donated $100.00
Jun 7, 2020 7:07 PM
Don Christie left a message
Jun 6, 2020 8:57 PM
Thanks for riding, Rui
Don Christie donated $100.00
Jun 6, 2020 8:56 PM
Patrick Delaney donated $50.00
Jun 6, 2020 10:12 AM
Chris A (from Cha No Yu group) left a message
Jun 5, 2020 2:16 AM
Rui, Wa Kei Sei Jaku to you and all with you
Bronwyn left a message
Jun 4, 2020 9:33 AM
Have a wonderful ride, Rui!!
Bronwyn Best donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 4, 2020 9:32 AM
Phyllis Cohen donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 4, 2020 6:44 AM
Friends of FBC donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 3, 2020 8:15 PM
Eileen Lam donated $50.00
Jun 3, 2020 6:51 PM
Adachibeare left a message
Jun 3, 2020 3:33 PM
Wasaaaaaaabi!!! Ride on, you superheroes!
Friends of FBC donated $200.00
Jun 3, 2020 3:32 PM
Evan left a message
Jun 3, 2020 2:43 PM
Go Rui! You are the original Samurai Iron Man!
Evan Friedman donated $230.00
Jun 3, 2020 2:42 PM
Bianca left a message
Jun 3, 2020 1:42 PM
Good luck with the ride, Rui :)
Bianca Tse donated $110.00
Jun 3, 2020 1:39 PM
Marie & Sid Ikeda donated $110.00
Jun 3, 2020 12:37 PM
Lisa Maxwell donated $50.00
Jun 3, 2020 11:13 AM
tam goossen donated $110.00
Jun 3, 2020 10:09 AM
Tam & Ted Goossen left a message
Jun 3, 2020 10:04 AM
Way to Go Rui & Steve!
Lynne and Michael left a message
Jun 3, 2020 9:13 AM
Ganbatte, Rui! What you're doing is amazing.
Lynne Kutsukake donated $110.00
Jun 3, 2020 9:10 AM
Elaine left a message
Jun 3, 2020 7:54 AM
Go Uri!! We're so inspired by you, as always.
Elaine Hofer donated $30.00
Jun 3, 2020 7:52 AM
John Yamamoto donated $250.00
Jun 2, 2020 10:37 PM
Kiyoshi Nagata donated $50.00
Jun 2, 2020 9:57 PM
Elaine Aylward donated $50.00
Jun 2, 2020 9:26 PM
Meg Taylor left a message
Jun 2, 2020 8:40 PM
Thrilled that you're doing this in 2020!
Meg Taylor donated $100.00
Jun 2, 2020 8:39 PM
Janice left a message
Jun 2, 2020 8:10 PM
Rui, what a great cause! Good luck in your ride again this year.
Janice Belter donated $50.00
Jun 2, 2020 8:09 PM
Sean left a message
Jun 2, 2020 6:56 PM
Good luck Rui, take some video and send along to those of us that are starved for sports on TV!
Sean Collins donated $200.00
Jun 2, 2020 6:55 PM
Darlene Rieger left a message
Jun 2, 2020 6:47 PM
Wonderful thing you are doing. Go Rui! GO!
Darlene Rieger donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 2, 2020 6:46 PM
Marcia left a message
Jun 2, 2020 6:29 PM
Gambare Rui!
Marcia Iwasaki donated $50.00
Jun 2, 2020 6:28 PM
Ron Davis left a message
Jun 2, 2020 5:53 PM
Go Rui and Steve!!
Ron Davis donated $50.00
Jun 2, 2020 5:52 PM
Friends of FBC donated $110.00
Jun 2, 2020 5:31 PM
Don Masako Myleen Eric Rachel Naomi Mokelke donated $75.00
Jun 2, 2020 5:27 PM
Peggi Lysyk left a message
Jun 2, 2020 5:25 PM
Way to go Rui, happy cycling!
Peggi Lysyk donated $50.00
Jun 2, 2020 5:23 PM
Karen Blair donated $15.00
Jun 2, 2020 4:41 PM
Rui Umezawa donated $100.00
Jun 2, 2020 4:05 PM