A Ride for My Grandmother
Emigrated from Italy in 1952, my nonna decided to pick up her belongings and immigrate to Canada in order to pursue a better life for her family. She worked as a language teacher and an executive assistant. Growing up, my nonna instilled within me the importance of family and that nothing should have a higher priority than the ones you love … and the food you feed them, of course. She raised three boys and had five grandchildren. Something that I will always remember about my nonna is that she would go to great lengths to make sure that we all had smiles on our faces. Even during her battle with lung cancer, family came first.
It was back in 2005 when my nonna was first diagnosed with lung cancer; she was told she has 6 months to live. Miraculously, but not surprising to my family and I, she did not give up and was able to battle the cancer for three extra years. Sadly, my nonna passed away in November 2008 at the young age of 69. I loved her very much.
I know how precious life is, and want to do whatever I can to make sure that other families don't have to grow up without their loved ones. I am riding in this year’s Ride to Conquer Cancer for my nonna and all the people who have lost a loved one to cancer. With my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
Thank You in Advance for Your Help.
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