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Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer
2017 is the 4th consecutive year I am participating in this epic ride! It is my way of contributing something for cancer research in memory of my Mom, and because she enjoyed cycling so much herself.
Crossing the Finish Line is an overwhelming experience. Every year, that is the moment when it really hits me what I've done, what I've accomplished, and what all the donations I've raised were for. It is very humbling.
In 2007, my mother went in to have gall stones removed and they found cancer there as well. Things looked hopeful for a while, until a year later, when they said it was back and had spread. She went through two rounds of chemo and radiation, to no avail. Mom died in September 2009, while receiving excellent care at the Hospice House in Kelowna, BC. She was three weeks away from her 77th birthday, and 6 weeks away from her and my father's 50th wedding anniversary. There is still not one day that goes by that I do not think about her and miss her. I cannot believe that it's been almost 8 years already...
Cycling makes me feel closer to my mother. She loved to cycle in Kelowna, through the orchards and up and down the foothills surrounding the city. I went with her sometimes, and she always kept the pace to something I could handle, like a mother does. I didn't know it at the time, but the pictures I am holding were taken on our last ride together. I keep them on my bike and whenever I feel like I can't make it up that hill, or can't do another kilometre, I look down and see my Mom, encouraging me onward. I wish I could go back and cycle with her again.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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