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Wearing her Helmets for Heroes Fire Leaf helmet, Monique rode to Pan Am gold in all three of her events, and in the process, she broke two Pan Am records. She also made history by becoming the first Canadian cyclist to win three golds in a single Pan Am Games.

We might be slightly biased, but her helmet looked incredible as she powered her way around the track in Milton, Ontario.

We might be slightly biased, but her helmet looked incredible as she powered her way around the track in Milton, Ontario.

Being the best in a sport requires a tonne of blood, sweat, and tears, and Monique's performance is a perfect example of what dedication and sacrifice can bring you. What is amazing about Monique is that her ability to inspire reaches far beyond the velodrome.

The connection that she made with Alberta Children's Hospital patient Joel Jamieson, and the opportunity that she provided him to create her Pan Am helmet speaks to the type of person that Monique is. Through art, Joel was able to express himself, and in the process, set positive, long-term goals. Whether in life, art, or sport, goals are an important stepping stone to success.

The inspiration, success, and stories that Monique's Fire Leaf helmet has created is incredible, and they will be with us all forever. However, one lucky individual will have the opportunity to own this inspiring piece of art. Currently the Fire Leaf helmet is being auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Monique's home town of Calgary, Alberta. The funds will allow patient's like Joel to receive the treatment and support that they need to flourish in life. For Joel, that treatment was the new kidney that he received last summer. Bidding on the Fire Leaf helmet will be open until July 30th at midnight, and we encourage all bidders (individual and corporate) to envision not only the powerful piece of symbolic sporting history that they are bidding on, but ultimately the difference that they are helping to make in the lives of those less fortunate. Happy bidding!

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At Helmets for Heroes, we use art therapy to help children battling illness cope and heal. Our projects not only strengthen community, they raise funds and create awareness for charities.