This is why I ride.
It is well known that riding a bike improves many aspects of our health, including cardiovascular function, boosting the immune system, and also maintining mental sharpness and body image. This year, I chose to ride, not only for these obvious reasons, but to take part in an epic movement to conquer cancer and raise funds for The Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Research Foundation.
A childhood friend of mine developed a cough, this past January, and a few weeks later was diagnosed with disseminated lung cancer. He had difficulty getting all the investigations he needed and finally had a consultation at Princess Margaret Hospital. The long wait for a specialized consultation further damaged his lungs, which was now complicated with a bilateral pulmonary blood clot which resulted in a devestating stroke which was unfortunately caught too late and he passed a few days after. As kids, we rode our bikes up and down the street we were neighbours on, so it is only fitting I continue to ride.
Additionally, a close family friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago who had already suffered the devestating loss of her mother to the same disease, years ago .
Earlier in my career at Sunnybrook Hospital, I met an oncologist who rode her bike during rain, shine, snow and unbearable freezing conditions to treat her very own breast cancer. At that time, I had little knowledge about how a bike ride would help someone treating their illness, but I was instantly inspired and now recognize the plethora of both health and personal benefits this simple form of exercise can create.
Due to the reasons described and many other, I enrolled along with my daughter Joey , with Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, which takes place on June/ 09-10/2018 . We intend to raise a minimum of $2500.00 this year, with all proceeds going directly to The Princes Margaret Hospital Cancer Foundation which funds research in personalized cancer medicine, research, treatment advances, education and new standards of care at Princess Margaret, across Ontario, and around the world. The latest advancements in knowledge, genetic technologies and discovery of new drugs within the last 15 years, places many forms of cancer within the radius of diseases with curable treatments and improved survival rates from 53% to 60%. We all want to benefit from a healthy, disease-free and enjoyable quality of life.
However, we are not quite there yet as much more research is necessary to be done, but nothing can be achieved without your generous donation.
It is my honor to be part of an awesome community of fellow Riders determined to conquer cancer in our life time.
My Participant ID: 623816-6
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