Dedicated to Ashley Sehmer
This will be my 8th Ride to Conquer Cancer. To give you the full story, you should know that I had no intentions of doing the ride this year. I had planned on giving myself a pass because I am getting married just over a week after the Ride. And while I can think of no better way to honor my father who will not walk me down the aisle, I didn't want to risk any road rash in my wedding photos :)
But all of that fell away as soon as we sat down for dinner with the incredibly inspiring Ashley Sehmer a few weeks ago. Ashley is the sister to very dear friends of ours, she is the aunt to our godson, and she is a remarkable woman whom I am proud and honoured to call a friend. You can watch Ashley's full story in the two minute video below and be inspired for yourself by her positive attitude and indelible spirit. If you choose not to watch her video, you can appreciate the weight of her story by knowing just this: a few months after marrying her long time love, and after learning that she was pregnant with their first child, 34 year old Ashley also learned that she had a rare brain tumour. She underwent emergency surgery, rounds of chemo, and is now, just 6 months post-surgery, spending her efforts to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer treatments.
Tumours like Ashley's are now being treated with groundbreaking POG technology. The BC Cancer Agency is at the forefront of a world-leading clinical study to integrate genomic sequencing into patient care and clinical decision-making. POG technology has identified viable treatment options for several incurable cancers and is changing the lives of people like Ashley.
Funds from my ride will go towards furthering POG research in B.C. If you have it you to give please click the Donate button above.
Thank you always for the love and support. xo
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