Nova Vita is proud to support and benefit from the 3rd Annual Desiree’s Ride on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. 




The Ride for Desiree Gallagher was started in 2014 as a way to bring awareness to victims of crime, and raise funds for Desiree who was a victim herself which changed her, and her families lives forever.

Desiree was a beautiful young 21 year old woman. She was a student at Mohawk College taking the Biotechnology Program. She had 5 more classes left and she would have completed the 3 year program.

She loved to dance. Desiree did competitive dancing from the age of 3 up to grade 12. She loved to play sports and hang out with her friends.

Desiree was a little firecracker and a very strong-willed woman. She was never a quitter… The progress she made showed her strength and courage.

On May 25, 2013, Desiree and her family’s lives changed forever. Desiree was brutally assaulted and fell seven stories from a balcony which left her blind and in a wheelchair. Her loss of sight was due to the brain injury she sustained. She broke her spine in two places which left her in a wheelchair. She suffered from short-term memory loss which was also from the brain injury.

Desiree’s long, hard journey came to an end on May 14, 2015. Her courage and strength will always be remembered.

Monies raised this year (2016) will be donated, In Des’ Memory, to; Victim Services (Brantford) and Nova Vita Women’s Shelter.

For more information, or to register, please visit Desiree’s Ride