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2018 will be my tenth year participating as a member of “Steve’s Cycle Paths” in this event and I am just as determined to make it to the finish line as I was in year one. Ten years, never would have dreamed after making that commitment in year one that I would be able to ride for ten years. People ask me why do I continue to ride? My answer is always, why not.
All of us have been touched by cancer in some way. A diagnosis delivered to a family member, a friend or co worker, or even to ourselves, leads us to wonder what we can do to feel less helpless. For me, this ride is my opportunity to make a difference. The Princess Margaret Hospital is one of the top 5 cancer research centers in the world. Participating in this ride, with the support of my friends and family allows me to contribute to that research—it allows me to be part of the cure. I have seen how the benefits of research have positively impacted the course of treatment, the provision of information and the supportive services that are available patients and their families. I know that our ride has contributed to those advances.
In my first year I rode in memory of my father-in-law Murray Smith. Since that first ride I have supported friends and family through their cancer journeys and I have mourned for those whose battles were not to be won. I have ridden for each of them. But I have met so many more cancer survivors--survivors who have directly benefitted from the advances in cancer research. I ride for the continued development of diagnostic and treatment practices to add to that list of survivors.
Fortunately, this past year my family and close friends have been blessed with no cancer diagnosis. No one had to hear those awful words, “you have cancer”. Others have not been so lucky and so we must continue to ride to help others.
We must continue the fight to beat this awful disease. We will not stop until we find a cure, so no one has to endure this pain.
I will do the physical part of training, dealing with the weather and the ride itself-- but I ask again for your financial support. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $2500 in order to participate. I know that with your support, I will reach this goal--even surpass it--bringing us all closer to the vision to conquer cancer in our lifetime. Your donations make research possible. Your donations make the cure possible.
I invite each of you to come to Niagara Falls on June 10 and watch the thousands of riders cross the finish line—many donning the yellow survivor flag-- and you will see in an instant why I ride.
Thank you for your support.
My Participant ID: 621924-2
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