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This August, I’ll be riding from Vancouver to Seattle in support of brain cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. I'm riding in honour of my beautiful mom, Lisa.
My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in April of 2015. Her tumour was classified as a Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most aggressive type of brain tumour for which there is no known cure. We quickly learned that the chances of long-term survival were incredibly slim, and reduced further by the fact that the tumour was in an inoperable part of her brain. The fact of her diagnosis was inconceivable to me. My mom was a force of nature. She approached all things in her life with unmatched energy, passion and love. At the time of her diagnosis, she was strong, active and so full of life. It's impossible to put into words how radiant she was. Over the next several months, she led the charge as we began pursuing treatment options, seeking second, third and fourth opinions and leaving no stone unturned. As usual, she focused her attention on solving the problem at hand, rather than dwelling on circumstances that were out of her control. Her outlook was inspiring – she loved her life and she made the most of every single day. In May of 2015, she began radiation treatments followed by 6 months of oral chemotherapy. Despite doing everything we could to slow or reverse the effects of the tumour, my mom passed away in July of 2016. I’m still in disbelief that she’s gone.
After having witnessed the punishing effects of this disease, this cause takes on even greater meaning for me. Last summer, one month after losing my mom, I rode to Seattle for the first time. The journey was a powerful experience that I will never forget. To be surrounded by so many inspiring people and be on the receiving end of an outpouring of love and support brought light to a very dark time.
This August, I’ll be riding on Team Courage for Lisa, formed this year in honour of my mom. The definition of courage is "strength in the face of pain or grief". My mom embodied courage in so many instances throughout her life, and the end of her life was no different. She will be at the forefront of my mind during the ride and I will be channeling her incredible spirit and strength. It's a privilege to be able to participate in an event that supports such a meaningful cause, and I sincerely appreciate any and all support from the bottom of my heart.
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