Natasha's Return to the RTCC
Thank you for taking the time to read over my personal page. I really appreciate it.
After taking the last two years off from doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer I have decided to do it for the third time with my Dad, Al Ricard. Our immediate family has been directly affected by this awful disease many times over the years and we want to give back and help make as much of a difference as we can.
In 1977 my Mom, Heather Ricard, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when my older brother James was just two years old. She underwent surgery followed by radiation treatment and beat the cancer. Mom went on to live cancer free for 29 years until 2006 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent another major surgery and months of chemotherapy and years of medications and beat cancer yet again.
In 2008 my brother James was diagnosed with Astrocytoma and Glioblastoma brain cancer. Over four and a half years James endured two major brain surgeries, radiation treatments, and many rounds of chemotherapy. Sadly James' battle came to an end on February 9, 2013 as this horrible disease took the life of a loving, adventurous and big hearted son, brother, father and husband. At that time James' children were just four and a half years old and 1 years old when they were robbed of their father.
Just two years after we lost James we received the news that we had hope to never have to hear again. My mom's breast cancer was back, only this time it had metastasized to her bones and is in numerous places. She once again went through many rounds of radiation and has to take numerous medications daily and will have to be on chemotherapy treatment indefinitely. Over the past two years mom has had several hospital stays due to complications and in February of this year mom had a fall and broke her hip and also required a partial hip replacement.
Also, in 2015 my grandpa Rick Ricard was diagnosed with liver duct cancer and passed away from it six months after he was diagnosed. He lived a very healthy, active life with very few other health concerns before cancer decided to attack his body.
On August 26th and 27th my Dad and I will ride our bicycles with thousands of others on a 250 km journey from Vancouver to Seattle to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, bringing hope to cancer patients in B.C. and beyond.
Please consider contributing to this important event with a donation, every bit counts. We are riding for my brother, my Mom, my grandpa and anyone else who has been touched by this disease. Let's make Cancer a thing of the past.
Thank you so much for your generousity and support.
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