Reason to Ride

November 22, 2013

Dr. Brian Knight and his wife, Mary, at the finish line

Edmonton physician Dr. Brian Knight pushes himself to give back at home and abroad: as a dedicated volunteer with Operation Esperanza and as an avid road biker participating in the MS Bike: Gear Up to End MS.

I’ve heard from other colleagues who want to join in next year and they don’t even own bikes yet, so we’ll definitely be back.

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Edmonton anestheologist Dr. Brian Knight is no stranger to lending his time and talents to the community.

A dedicated volunteer with Operation Esperanza, he’s made seven trips to Ecuador as part of a medical mission that performs orthopedic surgeries for the people of Cuenca.

“It’s been an amazing experience to see the difference we are able to make and how grateful the people there are for what we can do for them,” he explains.

Dr. Knight’s wife Mary, an RN, joined him on four of those seven trips, making the medical missions a family effort.

Dr. Knight, a clinical professor at University of Alberta and an anesthesiologist at the Misericordia Hospital, had never been to the developing world before his work with Operation Esperanza. Once there he was surprised by the resourcefulness he witnessed. “It was eye opening to see how much you can do with limited resources, and what you do and don’t need to be able to do the work.”

Dr. Knight has also had been surprised by people closer to home. An avid road biker, he had just signed up for last year’s MS Bike: Gear Up to End MS (and his wife Mary had signed up for her sixth race) when she was herself diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

When word of her diagnosis reached his colleagues at the Misericordia Hospital, they approached him to form a bike team to raise funds for MS research. Asleep at the Wheel is the aptly named team of anestheologists and their spouses who rode from Nisku to Camrose and back again this past June, raising more than $8,000 for MS research.

“It was a great ride and a lot of fun, and a really incredible all around,” Dr. Knight says of the two-day event. And he’s already planning for next year. “I’ve heard from other colleagues who want to join in next year and they don’t even own bikes yet, so we’ll definitely be back.”

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