About my Ride to Conquer Cancer
Dearest Friends and Family,
What an amazing ride in 2016! After 2 previous years of riding in ice cold rain and 80mph windstorms, we were due for some good weather in 2016 – and that we did receive! Overcast with just a hint of spitting rain and the occasional emergence of sun – the best weather to ride in! After 250km from Cloverdale to Seattle, I proudly sport a swollen right ankle and the pride of knowing that I endured on behalf of all those affected by cancer.
And here I am back for the 4th time! I am doubtful we will be blessed with such good riding weather – but one can hope! Regardless, I eagerly anticipate whatever mother nature has in store for us in August 2017 because I know that it is nothing compared to what cancer patients and their families have to endure. As many of you know, I started doing this ride in 2014 for my dad who lost his battle with cancer at 53 years young. Cancer robbed my dad of realizing his dream that one of his kids would become a doctor, of meeting his son and daughters-in-law, of meeting his precious grandchildren, and of growing old with his first love (that’s you mom). I feel his absence every day.
This year, as I stood by my bike preparing to start the ride, I felt the most hopeful I have ever felt doing this ride. Last year, my dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and I started the ride worried about her outcome. Just 1 week before this years ride, she sent me an inspiring picture of herself sporting a new “survivor” pink bracelet. It was the best gift I could have received. To date, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised 77 million towards cancer research and treatment. When I started the ride in memory of my dad, I could not have imagined that the money raised could somehow impact someone I cared about. No matter how indirect the contribution, I do feel that I joined the ride just in time to aid my friend in her fight against cancer. I feel hopeful and inspired by you my friend. I thank all of you who have supported me in the past – I hope that you too feel the positive impact it has made – and I ask again for your support. It does make a difference and you never know when it could impact someone you love.
Believe, Hope, and Give. Together, “We Can and We Will Cure Cancer in our Lifetime”
Please donate if you can,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
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