Wayne's Personal Page
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Welcome to my 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer page.
Why do I ride?
Well... I ride for a number of reasons. in 1992, 24 years ago, my father died of brain cancer. Over the years that he suffered with a brain tumor he lost the sight in both his eyes but still lived his life with a positive attitude. Then in 1998 my oldest brother died of lymphoma, he remained brave and strong with the knowledge that there was no cure.
I too have had my share of health issues. In the spring of 2013 leading up to my first Ride to Conquer Cancer, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, a condition of the heart that causes an irregular heart beat. I ended up in the emergency ward at Royal Columbia Hospital every two weeks or so up until the ride. Three months later I had a procedure to correct it.
At the same time as my heart issues were happening, I had my first physical checkup in 12 years, why did I wait so long? I guess the snap of the rubber glove didn't appeal to me, I don't know. When I heard my doctor say the words...I have found something unusual with your prostate, those were words I never wanted to hear. In March of 2014 I had a radical prostatectomy, this was something I never thought would ever happen to me.
All this went on 3 months before my second Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014. For 2 months and 3 weeks my backside was so painful I could barely sit down, let alone sit on a small bike saddle. I did manage to complete the ride but it really hurt bad.
You would think that was enough for one guy to endure, oh no, over the last 2 1/2 years of checkups everything has been great, until June of 2016. My PSA started to rise, (PSA or prostate-specific antigen are tumor markers). Now I am getting ready for round two, treatments. My first trip to the BC Cancer Agency to meet with my new oncologist was November 7th, three days after my 97 year old mother passed away. She was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer.
I remain hopeful, hopeful in a system that has saved many lives, that this time it's mine to save. This is my 5th year riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Now, raising money for the B.C. Cancer foundation has taken a much more personal turn. I am not only riding for all my friends, family, neighbors and co-workers that have been impacted by this dreaded disease but, I am now riding for me. This is not something that I would ever have thought could happen to me. I am training hard and very excited and proud to be riding with Team Ovcare, a dedicated group, riding to find a cure for ovarian cancer. The 80 plus members of Team Ovcare together raised over $231000.00 last year, and in 9 years as a team have raised over one million dollars for cancer research.
Cancer has changed many peoples lives, it has now changed mine forever, I lost my oldest brother and my father to this disease. No amount of money will ever bring them back but it will help me and thousands of others. The funds that I raise will go to the B.C. Cancer Foundation and someday a cure for cancer will be found. There is a lot of work to do and so here I am asking you to support me in The Ride to Conquer Cancer to be held on August 26-27th, 2017. The ride will start in Cloverdale B.C. and we will cycle over 240 kms to Seattle Wa.
Please help me reach my financial goal and help make a difference.
Your generosity will be appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your help.
(Guys, please get a prostate exam and a PSA blood test, it will save your life like it did mine)
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