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2017 will be my eighth year participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. What an amazing event to be a part of! Cancer has hit our family for sure. My mother-in-law, father-in-law, niece & both my grandpa's all passed away from Cancer. My mom, dad, close friends, brother-in-laws and cousin-in-laws all are living each day with this horrid disease or have had the luxury of sciences success and are now cancer free!
In 2014, although I had raised over $3000.00 I did not actually ride the event as Glen, my hubby of 34 years was in the hospital at the time with a complication from his leukemia and the chemo used to treat it. Chronic Leukemia doesn't have a cure and although often the prognosis is "better than other cancers", Glen is having some challenges that only a small few with CLL have. He has had multiple blood transfusion and for those of you that donate to the blood bank we are eternally grateful! He has also had a odd pneumonia that had him hospitalized for 29 days.
In 2016, again I raised the money but didn't ride as Glen was again hit with his leukemia and started on another new chemo. This one is "forever" which really means until something better comes along....that is why we ride & raise funds, we are actively pursuing the "something better".
We have decided that Glen will not ride this year as the exhaustion that comes along with Leukemia & the chemo used to treat it just drags his body down too much for rides of this distance. Glen will ride support with Chelsea, cheering me along the way. It's the least I can do for my honey!
Each year I ride because it is very important for me to do what I can to raise money for Cancer Research. I believe The British Columbia Cancer Foundation is a World Leader in research and I beleive that is directly related to the successful fundraising that we do. Our Team recently did a "field trip" to BC Cancer Labs and we were all impressed at how far we've come in this world of Cancer Treatment.
You have choices in life, you can Give up, Give in or Give it Your All ! I believe in giving it my all! Each year as I ride 234km from Vancouver to Seattle i reflect on the people I've lost, the people I love battling and my hopes for a future that has a treatment for each and every cancer out there. Each year we get closer, I know we can do it in my lifetime. I'm doing this for everyone to help make sure when our children or grandchildren hear "you have cancer", it is just blip in their lives, not the end of it!
Please consider joining us for this worthwhile event or making a donation to me or my team! Every dollar makes a difference, lets watch our difference add up! Thanks in advance, love Kelly
Update - Aug 25, 2017
What we’ve learnt from Cancer:
As I wrote the above note I fully planned on cycling this event. Unfortunately cancer had a different plan. Glen has had every complication imaginable and more than have been had by anyone else on this new treatment that he has been on since July 16, 2016. Glen's immunity is very low right now so together we are sad not to be participating but happy for the work you are all doing.
We don’t like Cancer being referred to in “war terms”, to say it is a battle implies that you will survive if you “fight” hard enough! Xeni Jardin said it best when she said “I am no warrior, I just showed up to my medical appointments, did what I was told and lived as best as I could”
Acceptance of the unknowable and doing the best with our bodies, our lives and our treatment options one day at a time is the best any of us can do. We love you all for informing us of “cures” known to others, for telling us about other friends cancer horror stories or for telling us to stay positive as we can beat this! We know these things are said because the word cancer makes everyone at a loss for words. Everyone’s cancer is different and as our good friend Terry said to us at the very beginning “everyone’s treatment is their own reality”. Those words were so powerful!
We’re not strong, we’re not inspirational, we’re not leading examples, we are just us! We’ve always lived life to the fullest...we didn’t “wait” for our kids to be “old enough” before we went to Disneyland, we just saved and saved and went over and over, the point of going was for our memories and to build memories for our kids. They know family is most important and means the world to us!
The joy of seeing the happiness of our kids is the most special thing on earth. We don’t dwell on the tough times although they are plentyful, we, instead like to focus on the love and laughter that we’ve experienced. Sometimes that is just paying a quiet game of crib or cuddling on couches watching movies or netflix. Together is most important, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it matters that you do it together.
This weekend together we will be silently cheering on each and every person cycling from Vancouver to Seattle in the name of Cancer Research. Most especially we will be thinking of our team and all the teammates we’ve had over the past 9 years participating in this event. We will also be thinking of each and every person who has ever made a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation and all doctors, nurses, lab techs, xray techs and HOSPITAL FOUNDATIONS! You are all amazing! You are all making a difference. THANK YOU!
DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED, thanks, Kelly
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