Jodi Cross

My Activity Tracking


My target 121 kms

I'm fundraising to help find a cure!

I am riding in Athina’s Ride to raise funds for Desmoid research through The Desmoid Tumour Foundation of Canada (DFC).

My daughter Athina Merckx was diagnosed with a Desmoid Tumour when she was 14. Desmoid Tumours are extremely rare, affecting 2-4/million. They are locally aggressive and can cause life threatening problems or even death when they invade vital organs. The tendency for recurrence with surgery makes the treatment of these very rare tumours challenging. 

Rare conditions like Desmoids are underfunded, often leading to misdiagnosis and discrepancies in treatment. Athina’s Ride is a Cycling Event that will bring riders together everywhere to help raise money for this important research. 

Please help me reach my fundraising goal to find a cure for Desmoid Tumours. 

The DFC is the only not-for-profit in Canada dedicated to finding new treatments and hopefully a cure for desmoid tumours. In a year made more difficult by the ongoing pandemic, your donations will make a huge impact. 

To donate securely, visit my fundraising page! While you’re there, be sure to check out my progress leading up to the big ride in July and consider joining Athina’s Ride with me!

Thank you to my Sponsors


Matthew Atton

Keep kicking ass!


Jodi Cross


Bill And Pauline Atton

Best wishes Athena. Looking forward to seeing you all again this summer sometime. Kindest regards Bill and Pauline


Donna Mcallister


Jodi Cochrane



Your daughter is one tough gal, and so inspiring.


Kelly Hill



Carmelle Guidi-swan

Sending good vibes