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But when a small group of dedicated volunteers got together to talk about their grief, they realised that their shared experience may help others to deal with loss.
Phil Gallant, Ann Smith and Rob Phipps have been part of the Tour de Cure Family for years. Generously, they documented their perspective on grief and produced a set of tools to help others deal with loss.
You will find here a free document - a series of observations on dealing wth grief, and the journey from surviving the initial loss through to learning to thrive despite the loss.
This document has been reviewed by a qualified clinical psychologist.
Phil has been a part of the Tour de Cure Family since 2011; taking part in 6 Signature Tours and helping out as support on a couple of Country tours. Losing his partner Sarah to Melanoma in 2010 provided the initial motivation for Phil to become involved with Tour de Cure and it’s this, plus the belief that we can all do something to help help cure cancer, that keeps him coming back for more.
Ann has been a proud member of the team since 2012 since the death of her husband from cancer.
Her aim is to do whatever she can to support TDC in its goals of support and education; and ultimately to find a cure for cancer.
Rob has been a part of the Tour de Cure Family since 2011; taking part in 6 Signature Tours as both Full Tour and Stage Rider. Experiencing the loss of his wife and mother to his son, made him want to do something positive and he became involved with Tour de Cure. He comes back year in year out to help other families avoid the same experience and has been able to work through his grief to be in the very fortunate position of having a new family that he loves dearly.