Courage For Lisa
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Team Courage for Lisa was formed in 2017 in honour of Lisa Mary Smith. Lisa’s husband, Rob, and her five children, Sam, Hannah, Jesse, Haley, and Joel, will ride alongside friends and family on an epic journey from Vancouver to Seattle this August. In April of 2015, Lisa was diagnosed with a stage IV brain tumour. As with most things in her life, she approached the situation with determination and a positive attitude. She and her family sought the best possible treatments for her disease, and she bravely endured their brutal side effects. Still, even the most cutting-edge treatments could not defeat this aggressive disease, and Lisa passed away in July of 2016. The Ride to Conquer Cancer provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate Lisa’s life, while contributing to a cause that will significantly improve outcomes for others affected by brain cancer now and in the future. All of the funds raised by team Courage for Lisa will go directly towards brain cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency, where Lisa received much of her treatment and care.
Lisa was a force of nature and an inspiration to all those who knew and loved her. She was an amazing mother, loving wife, and loyal friend. She was endlessly generous with her time and energy, dedicating herself entirely to making things better for her family and friends. She approached new challenges with positivity and fervour. She took up soccer and field hockey in her 40’s, and road biking when she was 50, but she didn’t let her lack of experience get in the way of her success. She wholeheartedly believed in the benefits of exercise and sportsmanship, regularly reminding Rob and the kids that “exercise will always make you feel better!”. As we mourn the loss of Lisa, training for the Ride gives us all an opportunity to put that motto into action.
Lisa started road biking in spring 2010 to prepare for a trip to France that summer. During this trip, Lisa, Rob and a group of friends would set out to follow the Tour de France on a spectacular yet difficult 10-day journey through the French countryside. A few months before their departure, Lisa suffered an injury to her hand and was unable to put in the long hours of training required for the strenuous days of riding ahead. True to form, she took this in stride and went on the trip anyway. One particularly hot day, the group was riding up a long, steep incline to finish one of the stages of the Tour. Lisa was battling a head cold and her energy was compromised, and she was lagging behind the group, but she kept pushing up the hill. As she neared the top, she rode past a group of local French spectators who clapped and cheered and yelled 'Courage, Courage!' (koo-rahj) in her direction. As with most things in Lisa's life, she overcame the challenge and made it to the summit, where she rejoined the group with a smile on her face.
The definition of courage is "strength in the face of pain or grief". Lisa embodied courage in so many instances throughout her life, and she continues to inspire all of us to take on new challenges with her same brave, can-do attitude. We are so excited to bring together a group of people who loved Lisa to to support a cause she believed in, and are immensely grateful for any and all support as we raise money in hopes of finding a cure for the disease that ended Lisa’s life.