Nick Geddes - F__k Cancer, Ride Bikes!

Aug 9, 2011 at 0:07
Aug 9, 2011
by Brad Holmes  
 
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Accepted to the University of British Columbia for engineering while also preparing for his final year as a junior. At 18 Nick Geddes was going into 2011 with a ton of anticipation and momentum from his hard work at school and on his bike.

Nick showing Ben and Dan the line.
Nick showing the Ben and Dan the line.

A few months ago Nick had a new battle forced upon him. This time not a battle against the clocks, gnarly courses or intellectual challenges he was used to. A small crash at the Sea Otter Classic that involved some routine blood work revealed that Nick had T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

f*ck Cancer Ride Bikes

Nick has endured months of intense radiation and chemotherapy. He is currently at the BC Children's Hospital undergoing preparations for a Bone Marrow Transplant. In the weeks before he left for his transplant I had the opportunity to film with Nick. Knowing Nick it didn't surprise me that he was riding his bike during his treatments. It was the speed and intensity he rode at that blew me away. From watching Nick keep up to Ben Reid and Dan Stanbridge to getting dropped by him as he climbs up Lumpy's Epic in his middle ring. All while he has tubes from treatment sticking out of the middle of his chest, Nick never ceases to amaze me.

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108 Comments

  • + 157
 this is incredible. it shows that no matter what happens in life, bikes are always here to take our minds off it
  • + 39
 Not only bikes men. But the most important thing is that you can get out of that negative though.
Because happy persons live longer! Smile
  • + 14
 That guy is so inspiring
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 Keep fighting bro!!!
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 good thing he fell at sea otter or else he might not be with us. thank god for crashes!
  • + 4
 eat healthy and ride that bike.
  • + 15
 How the f*ck do you ride after intense radiation and chemotherapy? What a boss, hats off to you sir! Salute
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 i hate when i get cancer
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 you really are a douche. We're all behind you Nick, get well soon Smile Salute
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  • + 78
 That cancer ain't got shit on Nick!
  • + 7
 I meant to positive props.... Sorry
  • + 3
 Haha, I don't think it mattered because he's pretty on point with that comment.

I can't wait to see what this guy has down the line after all this is put behind him. He seems like an incredibly talented rider and with such a good style, all only at the age of 18 as well. My only question is what are parents feeding these kids??
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 ooops, pos props.... sozzle copter
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  • + 47
 Absolute legend and totally inspiring, get well soon mate. Just goes to show us bikers are made of strong stuff unlike them pussy footballers, keep riding dude.
  • + 4
 bout fuckin time they gave us an update on his status!
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 whilst i disagree with the 'on/off' comment, there is defintitely an effect that can be had through a change of diet. my mum, a multiple cancer sufferer has completely altered her diet to accomodate massively healthy cancer fighting foods such as the superfood wheatgrass and various other things to join in with chemo and radiotherapy to try and halt the spread of further cancer. fingers crossed it seems to be working. there are various books and articles on how diet can be a massive help, and from what ive seen, alongside the normal treatmeants, a lifestyle and diet change should be taken into account.

Nick is a massive inspiration and i wish him all the best in a speedy and full recovery.
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 For sure, diet plays a big part in increasing/decreasing cancer risks - I had a bone marrow transplant 7 years ago and have tried to eat right and stay as fit as possible ever since. Green tea, lots of fruit & veg, less red meat, all these things are good, however when you're in the acute stages like Nick is, unfortunately the best cure (transplant) is aggressive and leaves you feeling like sh*t. He's young and obviously in good shape so hopefully he'll make a strong recovery. I wish him all the best.
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 definitely, im not sure why this got posted up here, it was in response to someone calling that sort of thing 'hocus pocus mumbo jumbo'. seeing the side effects of chemo and radiotherapy i can only imagine just how horrible and invasive a bone marrow transplant must be. im glad you made it through, and wish Nick good luck with his.
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 Go msg! best food for cancer.
  • + 1
 Stay strong biking brother!!! Eating alkaline and occasionally fasting will help your body fight it when you get your energy back!!
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 Give sittingduck a break, what he said is absolutely true. It is hard for a lot of people to digest because we are conditioned to believe that drugs/chemo are the only way off battling cancer.

Positive thoughts to you Nick, you will beat this thing.
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 keep your chin up Nick, my wife is a cancer survivor, she had a hodgkins lymphoma with a mass bigger than a grapefruit in her chest. The mass is now gone, she has been cancer free for 3 years almost 4 and we now have 2 beautiful twin boys!! Kick its ass and keep smiling.
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 Nick you are a champ and I love that you're not letting the c word get in the way of having a blast on your bike. You're in my prayers, and I'm not just saying that. I actually just prayed for you. Like right now. And I'll do it again, promise. Great job on the film Brad.
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 @sittingduck: While I know what you mean, your comment comes across as ignorant. A healthy lifestyle (exercise, good diet, positive outlook) will certainly help with the fight, but you cannot just 'turn off' cancer. You can improve the outcome of the treatments, but there are no guarantees. I'm fighting B-Cell (non-Hodgkin's) lymphoma right now, and I've looked into everything, and I'm realising that the biggest problem with the fight against cancer, is the misinformation and general ignorance that is floating around about the disease.
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 Your comment is the most sensible thing I've read here. Sittingduck's advice, while well intentioned, is just dangerous to people who will follow that advice without looking into it like you did. good luck with your treatment and keep riding as often as possible!
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 To all Canadian music fans, Dee Cernile of the metal band Svengali is fighting lung cancer and is winning. People like Nick and Dee are ones who make our lives better by just being there so we can stand back and watch. When you know them and they are your mates they are family.
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 Cancer took my dad 2 days after christmas of 2010...its the worst thing to bear and go through. but too see him still riding and doin what he loves is amazing. hope all goes well with you and your bone marrow transplant, keep up the riding anf fighting...your one strong guy
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 And Im sure the naysayers will bitch bitch bitch, but "the National Cancer Institute bowed to a burgeoning legion of studies suggesting that one of the chemical compounds in cannabis slows -- or even stops -- uncontrolled cell growth. In one study, tumors in lab mice shrank once they were exposed to the compound CBD." blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2011/03/national_cancer_institute_adds.php
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 PHOTO CREDIT!!!!!!! PHOTO CREDIT!!!!!!! PHOTO CREDIT!!!!!!! PHOTO CREDIT!!!!!!! PHOTO CREDIT!!!!!!!
The picture on the front cover is Pat Taillefer Photography.
You can find his work at www.facebook.com/pattailleferphotography
Thanks Pat for the awesome picture, sorry pb missed the photo credit.
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 i lost my father and grandfather to cancer and i know that he has a chance as long as he keeps active eats healthy and one of the biggest thing that i noticed is that you have to stay positive and if he does all of that he will have a great chance that he will come out on top. i hope he does beat it. *F CANCER*
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  • + 5
 Inspiration is what you are. Hats off to you!! Big Grin
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 It's going to be a real exciting day for us at the NWCup when Nick returns to race cancer free! I'm so looking forward to the day when he is taking his starts and finishing his runs in our presence. From EVERYONE at the NW Cup, we wish Nick and his adoring family nothing but hope as we all flip Cancer the bird! Heading out for a ride that was inspired by Nick Geddes.
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 my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 2 weeks ago. thanks to surgery and radiation they were ale to stop the cancer from spreading past his spine and are working on killing it now. Stay strong nick, you got this in the bag i know. prayers/thoughts/"healing vibes" (whatever those are) being sent up/coming your way.
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 wow that is incredible i know if that happend to me i would feel to bad about myself to get back on the bike and keep going. Hope you get through this and good luck. you're a true inspiration
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 A huge inspiration to keep riding and have such a positive attitude at such a horrible time as this! All the best to you, huge props and I'll be making a donation to the hospital foundation when I can!
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 Keep on riding man! What helps cancer is positive thoughts and I'm guessing positive thoughts are exactly what is going through your head when you are ripping down trails!
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  • + 3
 STAY STRONG NICK BEAT THIS DISEASE! YOUR AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL MAN!
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 Badass... Props to you sir. tup
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 They Should sell those shirts and all the money would go to cancer research, casue i would def buy one
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  • + 1
 The vocalist from the black metal band Behemoth was diagnosed about a year ago with leukemia, and he kicked that shits ass. Stay strong brotha, keep er pinned!
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  • + 2
 Badass! That was inspiring!
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  • + 1
 you are a hero mate - keep living life to the extreme no matter what gets thrown at you!!

p.s. whats this song??
  • + 3
 Deadmou5 Raise your weapon (cover) Madeon Remix. Sorry just realized I should have put a song credit in there. oops
  • + 1
 thanks man
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  • + 2
 huge support dude , truly inspiring !
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 You fucking beat this thing!
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  • + 1
 We're thinking of you Nick; have been following this since Sea Otter. You are a great rider, a strong man.
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  • + 1
 dudes got skill fighting cancer and still makes the overall junior get well and keep riding
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  • + 2
 NICK FTW !!!!!! and fuck cancer
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  • + 1
 What an inspiration, and I wish him all the best in his recovery! he doesnt half know how to ride either!
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  • + 2
 now i dont have to go on pinkbike to see VOD tomorrowSmile
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 This has to be VOD, truly inspirational
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  • + 1
 Well Done, keep riding. You're awesome I really wanna see this kid grow up!
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 i thought he ment he would never fight for cancer he wouold just ride bikes and not care about cancer im sorry sooo shut up gay boys
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  • + 1
 keep the juice man, you can do it!
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  • + 1
 "it's amazing what you can do when you choose life"
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  • + 1
 BIG RESPECT FOR YOU MAN Salute whish you the best
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  • + 1
 You kick Leukemia's A$$ Nick!! Hope to see you on race wheels soon!
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  • + 1
 Great Spirit! Great courage!
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 should be vod Big Grin
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  • + 1
 if that was my school charity i would give sooo much money
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  • + 1
 Get well soon mate. Ride On
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  • + 1
 so inspiring nick. hats off! Smile
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  • + 1
 F*CK cancer keep riding bro
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  • + 1
 Stay strong and tear it up on your bike!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 Go no mate!
If someone is that inspiring he's going to get through this Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Big up dude, cancer is such a dush!
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  • + 1
 keep strong nick! F*UCK CANCER! you will win this battle.
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 Killing it Nick! Fuck Cancer
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  • + 1
 nick your some boy Big Grin

why do bad things happen to good people ..
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  • + 1
 keep biking, keep fighting!!
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  • + 1
 cancer takes WAY too many lives! keep rippin! f*ck cancer!! Big Grin Smile
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  • + 1
 Well done Nick! I agree fuck cancer.
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 Where can I get that shirt he's wearing in the article thumbnail.
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 An Awesome individual, a true inspiration.
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 Downright inspiring
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 fucking amazing
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 Good on ya mate
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 im thinking VOD
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 Inspirational.
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 Hold fast Nick!
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 mad respect for you nick
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 God be with you buddy.
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