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Welcome to my Personal Page! The Silver Wheaton Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada's Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care made possible through BC Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and care.
There are as many reasons to ride as there are riders in this journey. We have all been touched by cancer wether it be a family member, a friend or a co-worker. We can’t wish this disease away, we need to take action. Over the past 8 years a lot of money has been raised through this Ride and much progress has been made but still more needs to be done so one day we can beat this disease.
Many, many people ride in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for a loved one, so they can make a difference for those afflicted with this disease, they are the true heroes and I would like to thank them for their past, present and future efforts. The research that has taken place thanks to the money raised has truly made a remarkable difference.
I consider it an honor to ride in this event but I also feel that for me it is a duty too as I am myself a prostate cancer survivor. My first ride was on the 1 year anniversary of my surgery so to a very large degree it's just giving back. I'm not a real emotional guy but every year when I see all the riders at the start line it brings me back and makes me realize how very fortunate I am.
I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank all my friends, family, co-workers and Church family for the enormous support you all showed over the past 4 years, I can't tell you how much it means to me and how appreciated it is.
This will be my 5th ride this year! In retrospect the first 2 were pretty good and the last 2 were very different. 2015 had the huge windstorm that had branches falling, even whole trees in some cases but I felt pretty blessed being able to complete the whole ride, it was pretty challenging to say the least. I saw a lot of people get injured. Looking back to 2016, i figured that I have done this 3 times now, no problem. I didnt train all that much, wanted to but just didnt seem to make the time. Day 1 of 2016 I felt pretty good until about 3/4 of the way through my knee was hurting a bit so I saw the first aid people at one of the pit stops, they do a great job out there by the way, thanks first aid people :) they put some medical cream on it and gave me an advil and it felt great. The start of day 2 still felt pretty good until I made my first pedal stroke....uh oh... From camp to the first pit stop day 2 is all flat. I usually keep a pretty good pace, for a guy my age anyway, but I was getting passed by virtually everyone and it hurt every turn. I visited my friends at the first aid station again and they tried to ice it, put more cream on it, a bit more advil.... I was done, I knew there were some hills coming and I figured I could do more damage if I continued.
The pain from the knee was bad but the pain of not finishing what I started and not being able to cross the line with my team hurt way worse. I never want to experience that pain again so this year you can bet I will be out there pounding the pavement.
Note that many years ago this disease could have ended my life but thanks to the research from The BC Cancer foundation my experience was quick, effective and as comfortable as a major surgery could be.
Early detection is so important
**** Guys over 40 please take note and learn from this. Get a PSA test it is a simple blood test that could save your life. There are no real symptoms for this disease, The statistics say 1 in 7 men will be affected by prostate cancer.**********
Thank you in advance for your help.
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