Hanging on to Hope
It's a word you dread hearing - cancer. And yet it has become a word that you hear all too frequently. A young dad, a favourite aunt, a cousin in the prime of her life, a good friend's mom, a neighbour, a colleague's spouse. All of us have been touched, in one form or another by cancer.
So what can we do about it? Last year Sidd participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. It was an emotional, inspirational and uplifting experience. The postive energy at the start line (even at 5am) was overwhelming and even though it was raining all night at the camp site, all the participants had huge smiles when they crossed the finish line. This year, we will both cycle 200 kilometres over two days for The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
We are have to share one personal story of an extremely good friend, Heing. About 3.5 years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. Over the past years, Heing has had her ups and downs with the treatments and side-effects from the medications. She continues her battle with lung cancer. Heing is a fighter. She is strong. Heing does not give up!
Yet throughout this battle, Heing still takes the time to think of others. She is the kind of friend who remembers your birthday or anniversary, and takes the time to create beautiful personalized cards (she is a talented artist). Even though she may be tired, she will find the energy take our kids to soccer and dinner, although they can be quite a handful! Heing is the type of person who will remember each of our favourite animals, our daughter's obsession with the Eiffel Tower, and our fondness for certain foods. She is thoughtful, caring and kind. Cancer should not have happened to her.
Heing shared the following to give us a glimpse into the last year:
Last summer was the most challenging time of my life. I underwent treatments that caused agonizing pain and, ultimately, did not work. But thanks to cancer research, a new drug became available to me and gave me back my health and happiness. Since then, I enjoyed a wonderful winter in Victoria, was able to attend two beautiful weddings, and spent memorable moments with friends and family. I continue to face daily challenges, from the anxiety of routine scans to the lasting side effects from past and present treatments. Having been diagnosed with a cancer that is invisible and severely underfunded can make this journey even more difficult. So I am so very thankful to all those who donate to lung cancer research because it does save lives.
Although Heing is doing better, everyday is still a battle. Sidd and I are doing the ride to show our support for Heing and her husband Shaneel. We want to show them that we care and are thinking about her.
To achieve this goal, we need your help. Every donation counts. No matter what you give, it can make an a huge impact on the lives of cancer patients.
Thank you so much for your support… Together we can conquer cancer!
With much gratitude,
Sidd and Melissa
To find out more about Heing's journey, click on the following links. The first one is an interview CBC had done with Heing about her cancer and the second one is a her personal blog detailing her experiences since she was diagnosed.
Calgary non-smoker gets lung cancer
Lung Cancer & Life Lessons
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation presented by Evraz is an epic cycling journey along the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Proceeds will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at the Alberta Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and treatment.