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Welcome to my Personal Page! The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through the beautiful 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 powerful movement with a donation. Funds raised through 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.
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Why I Ride
Here is the hardest story I have ever written.
I was in the Ride to Conquer Cancer as a crew member last year. I had planned to ride, but due to the timing and extent of major surgery in June, I was unable to do so.
I had promised myself I would ride this year, to make up for not doing it last year. Since joining, I have needed to make up a ride story. I delayed it and procrastinated on it. Secretly I had second thoughts about doing the ride, thinking about how much time and money it is to take part in such a large venture. That is not to mention how I would have to put myself out there and ‘ask for money’ which I find difficult. Really, the money doesn’t go towards me..who am I? The money goes straight towards BC cancer research. I am just a voice to raise awareness and money for the cause. Statistics on results from the research shows it does work!! The money raised for cancer research, in the multi millions of dollars, has saved lives since the ride has begun.
Then five months after joining the team ”it” paid our family a visit. Our worst nightmare come true. On January 1, 2017 I got a phone call. My 31 year old daughter told me that she has “breast cancer”, an aggressive metastatic ductal cell carcinoma that is a young woman’s cancer. I curled up in a ball and cried. It was surreal. This does not happen to someone who has worked hard at being healthy and happy and is so close to my heart. She is my baby no matter how old she is and I would trade position with her in a heartbeat. I realized then I had no option to not do the ride this year. I had to fully commit. Not only has the ride changed the lives of so many through improved cancer treatments, it will be part of the reason why my daughter has a good chance of surviving this ugly monster'. Her type of cancer, triple negative estrogen was not a good cancer to have 10 years ago, as there was no estrogen for the chemotherapy to target. Now the estrogen negative and the estrogen positive types of cancer have almost equalled out in their survival rates. Thanks to research leading to improved treatment for cancer patients, my daughter has a very positive chance of survival, from 50% to the current 75%. This good prognosis would not have happened 10 years ago.
So, I will ride this year in honor of my daughter Regan and to all those women who have survived or have breast cancer, and to those that have passed from this mad disease (two particular terminal patients will be etched in my mind forever). You never know if you or your loved ones may get this insidious disease.. it does not discriminate. I said this same thing in my 2016 post and my daughter is living proof that it does not discriminate. She is young, healthy, happy, exercises and doesn't smoke. Sadly, stats are one in four women will get diagnosed with breast cancer.
Now being able to ride up those hills is daunting… but I am up for it. I will need my Ventolin puffer to make it I am sure. Karin, the team captain and my best friend, is pushing me all the way like a one eyed boss would. She is definitely a force of nature, as she is the catalyst to make this event happen. This event is happening because of a talented and strict leader like her started the ball rolling, and the other leaders on the team that have been intelligently recruited through her. Way to go superwoman Karin! I am very proud to be part of such a powerful team that you created! Way to go the other leaders Ron Gallo and Sue McAllister who help run the ship in such a brilliant way. You are all amazing, as are the team mates.
I can’t end this story without reaching out to the other people with all various types of cancers. Cancer of any type or description is all the same – quiet, insidious, undignified and completely relentless.. it takes the lives of those that are the “good people”, the “nice people”. I want to see less of it in this world. I am going to fight this unscrupulous killer with all my might. I hope you will join me and the over 1700 riders in spirit from Vancouver to Seattle August 2017.
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