Kms X David. 7th year!!!
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This is my Seventh Ride to Conquer Cancer. And this year I want to raise $5,000.
The main motivation to ride the first time was that my oldest brother David was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011. Although he lost his battle against this horrible cancer in August of 2012, I now feel the need even more to do whatever it takes to help families who have time on their side and are still fighting. Specially for a good friend that recently got the 3 worded news and decided to fight hard with the best attitude ever.
This year I will be riding more than 250 kms in two days to put a little effort towards this great cause. Since its inception in 2009, the Ride has raised an amazing $77 million for the BC Cancer Foundation in support of cancer research in B.C. Your important donation has supported more than 47 projects, investigating more than 50 different cancer types and has enabled more than 300 patients to be submitted to POG.
My brother David was an accomplished road racing cyclist, a great Dad, son, husband and brother. When he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer my understanding about the disease changed completely. Now I must say that I have much more respect for all the friends, families and unknown people that have suffered because of this disease. But mostly, my deepest respect goes to all the people that have had to hear those three awful words.
I'm also riding a Seventh time for my father in law, who also passed away because of cancer. I only got the chance to know how an incredible man he was from the great memories passed on by my wife, brother and mother in law, and the rest of the family.
While dealing with my brother's disease, I constantly heard from my wife and others ''keep it up, Fighting is how you win the battle'', medicine has come a long way and now there are higher possibilities of success. For me one of the key moments of my brother’s disease was when he learned that a group of cyclists from other teams, usually not best of friends given the competitive nature of the sport, dedicated a road cycling race to him displaying "KMS 4 David". A gesture that filled my brother and our whole family with joy and optimism.
As I embark in this journey to keep fighting, please help me achieve my goal of $10,000 to be able to ride 250 "KMS X David" and help raise awareness to keep doctors and the people in the labs busy finding ways to make this disease disappear.
I thank you in advance for all the support.
For my good buddy and in memory of Davisero and Mi Suegrito
For my Family and friends, specially Maria Margarita, David y Carmen Elena and Tia Estrella
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