Dave Waltham will be the first to complete our Mud Hero Ottawa course completely blind. But here’s the catch – he actually has perfect vision. It’s not often we come across a participant who is willing to take on our course blindfolded when they have perfectly good eyesight, but that’s what marks Dave as a Mud SuperHero.
Dave’s mother was legally blind her whole life. However, that never held her back from taking on all the challenges that inspired her. “She went on to become a Registered Nurse doing her work placement at Toronto's Sick kids hospital. She was a leader and very active in the community, was the church organist, and an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She also worked part time as a caregiver to handicapped children. She was a great inspiration to me!!!” Well we can see where Dave gets it from!
Dave’s mother developed Melanoma, which spread into her lymph nodes. She had undergone “many operations to remove the cancer, followed by a heavy duty treatment of Interferon. This bought her 5 years of being cancer free. Then suddenly in 2011, she fell into a coma for a few days before passing away. After all her battles, she had developed 5 Melanoma tumours on her brain.”
Almost three years later, Dave was recruited by a friend to participate in Mud Hero. Upon browsing through the website, he “found that there was a lesser known side of Mud Hero, which in Ottawa is raising money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. This caught my eye as it was coming up on the 3rd anniversary of my Mom's passing.” The charity is what inspired Dave to get involved. “Having a "gimmick" encourages people to talk about the fundraising and to donate more. So the first thing that came to my mind was to do the course blind. My mom had to face every day with almost no sight, surely I could handle a couple of hours.” Dave’s teammates will be there to be his eyes and help him through the course.
It's seems unfair when a person who contributes so much to the lives of others passes away so early on in life, but Dave is passing on her torch and continuing to touch the lives of others. Dave and his wife Cat have decided that their restaurant and fundraising base in Ottawa, Cat’s Fish & Chips, will match donations up to $5000! Check out Dave’s fundraising page and donate HERE