In July 2021, just over a year after shattering his femur in a training accident, Magnus Manson announced to the mountain bike world that he was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma
and started a GoFundMe fundraiser dubbed Conquer Your Challenge
. All contributions go straight to the Steve Smith Legacy Foundation
to help aspiring Canadian cyclists reach their goals.
The idea behind the challenge is to make a donation and use physical activity to overcome adversity. The 2018 Canadian National Downhill Champion began a 6-month treatment schedule in August, using ABVD chemotherapy twice a month. Although it has put a damper on his racing for now, he is still able to attend casual rides and participated in events, like the Steve Smith Memorial DH BC Cup, using mountain biking as a tool to battle cancer.
Being the tenacious human he is, Magnus set his sights on completing a triple crown ride for his goal, up and down three mountains, and has proposed challenges such as running 10 km, swimming thirty pool laps, taking a 15-minute ice bath, or simply walking up a nearby hiking trail. He asks to share the link to his GoFundMe page if you can't donate. If you can donate, write in the comment section of the page and leave a short description of the completed activity. Furthermore, he would love to hear firsthand from each person about how reaching that goal made them feel, who they're doing it for, and what they learned. You can use the hashtag #ConquerYourChallenge
to follow other peoples progress.