5th Year of RTCC for "BulletHead Jones"
Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer®
Thanks to everyone who sponsored me for the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Ride to Conquer Cancer! I missed the 2016 ride due to scheduling conflicts. I am looking forward to fundraising for the 2017 ride on August 26 and 27th.
On the eve of the ride I have to let everyone know that I had to cancel my participation this year. I had to make both family and work commitments that prevent me from riding on either day. However, your funding still goes to the BC Cancer Foundation and that's what matters. Thanks for your support. It makes a difference. Just last week I learned one of my best friends, going all the way back to Vietnam, has cancer and will soon be going through 18 weeks of chemotherapy. Just another reason to continue to fundraise for the Foundation.
I am re-posting information from previous year's efforts. When I read them it tells a story to me of how cancer can affect anyone at anytime. This was brought home for me again this year when one of my friends and colleagues at work, Alex Payne, was diagnoed with throat cancer. Alex faced it like a superhero and had some very good doctors who removed the cancer surgically with Alex hardly missing a beat, an awesome result which I am sure was made possible by cancer research. Martin (mentioned in 2015 below) unfortunately passed away after his battle with cancer which just tells me more research is needed.
If you contribute to my fundraising efforts, I will greatly appreciate it. More importantly, someone battling cancer will appreciate it more. That could be any of us, at any time.
Thanks for your support!
--- My posting from 2015 ---
As I was thinking about what to write here, I realized that leaving a history of what I wrote from previous years is useful. It enables me to start off with some good news! Our friend Jasmine is doing great, so well you'd never know she had cancer. Although Glen didn't make that bike trip last fall, he's been doing really well ever since and it's been great to hang out and ride with him around Vancouver. Cancer research is partially responsible for this type of good news so I'd like to pass it along.
With that good news comes bad. My brother in law's cousin, Martin, felt bad one day a few weeks ago and went to the hospital. Within 5 days he was in chemo treatments for leukemia. Hard to imagine.
Cancer can change life quickly. I still have a hard time believing how quickly Lorraine Chan was taken away by cancer. Rather than re-tell the story, I just left it in my 2014 post below as a reminder that more research is needed to help combat this pervasive disease.
If you have any money to contribute, who knows who it will help one day. Maybe someone you know and love. Give as generously as you are able to, and if you've already given elsewhere, that's fine too – don't feel obligated to give more here, unless of course you want to. Thanks for your consideration in either case!
--- My post from 2014 ---
For some reason, since the last ride, more people in my life have been affected by cancer than ever before. Some good friends of ours, Mike Urquhart and Lorraine Chan, went to the doctor when Lorraine developed a bump on her head. That bump grew rapidly and was diagnosed as a "Nut Midline Carcinoma" which is very aggressive and very rare, with only about 100 documented cases. She underwent chemo, radiation, and surgery to remove the tumour, which had started in her sinus. The cancer came back and within a few months there were no remaining treatment options. Lorraine and Mike had a big party in Calgary to give everyone a chance to see Lorraine again. She passed away about a week later, on April 22nd. She will be sorely missed by so many people. Peggi and I have known Lorraine since we met her in Vietnam almost 20 years ago, and it's hard to think of her without remembering how she sang Alannis Morisette at the top of her lungs. It's hard to believe she's gone. (As I was mailing out some donation requests, I see that Lorraine donated last year before she even knew she had cancer ...)
If you remember my posting from last year, the owner of our local bike shop and a good friend, Glen, was diagnosed with leukemia. His cancer has progressed and now Glen is goin through chemo like a champ. We have a cycle trip planned with Glen and Kelly this fall and he's doing his best to be on that trip. Go Glen! Maybe cancer research will help him. One of our neighbours and a good friend, Jasmine Moore, developed breast cancer in the past year. She has done really well with her treatments and surgery, thanks to all of the previous cancer research done around the world. I was humbled by her determination to beat it, as I am with everyone who has to fight cancer.
I also remember the other people who I commented on in previous years: Amit Majmudar, George Riel, Alfonso Corrado, and Peggi's mom Jean (who is still with us!). There's always a long list of people who've been affected by cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!!
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