UVic physiotherapist donates wages to Vikes Kick Cancer campaign
November 15, 2021
Just over a year ago, University of Victoria men's soccer alumnus Mackenzie Rigg received the sudden and devastating diagnosis of astrocytoma Grade IV (glioblastoma) brain cancer. The news of Rigg's diagnosis hit home for many, prompting the entire Vikes community as well as businesses and individuals across the country to jump into action.
One of those Vikes was Issac Davies, a former UVic varsity rower and physiotherapist at the UVic Sports Injury Clinic. Davies dedicates his life to helping others through his work as a physiotherapist, helping people move better and discover the root cause of their injuries. His passion for helping others doesn't end in the clinic, selflessly paying it forward after learning about a fellow Vikes battle with cancer.
For the past two years, Davies has given a day's wages to the Vikes Kick Cancer fundraiser, promoting his services, and then donating his net earnings from that day to support cancer research.
"I wanted to get involved because I could have been Mackenzie. Anyone could be Mackenzie. If he could have an astrocytoma Grade IV (glioblastoma) diagnosis, it could happen to anyone. It would be amazing to see a world where a diagnosis of astrocytoma Grade IV (glioblastoma) isn't a terrifying one," said Davies.
"I've been fortunate to be well supported in my life through good coaching, community and familial support. People have given extraordinary amounts of time to support me throughout my life, and I feel that this is a great opportunity for me to give back."
“People have given extraordinary amounts of time to support me throughout my life, and I feel that this is a great opportunity for me to give back.”
The Vikes Kick Cancer event helps raise money and awareness for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in the former Vikes team captain's name. All funds raised from the annual event go towards researching brain tumours, treatment options, and improving the quality of life for those impacted.
Davies, along with his colleagues at the Sports Injury Clinic have raised $1500 over the past two years to support the cause.
"I am inspired by what Mackenzie has done, he's been dealt an extremely challenging set of circumstances, and he has chosen to fight it. He could have decided to focus on himself and his own fight, but instead, he chose to help the fight for everyone; he chose to lead, as he did for the Vikes," said Davies.
To date, Vikes Kick Cancer has raised over $20,000 for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
The UVic Sports Therapy Clinic is located on the ground floor of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), with a separate entrance from the parking lot on Vikes Way. Public access with UVic General and metered parking is available off McKenzie Avenue on Vikes Way.