Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer® The ride is a 250 Km, 2 day bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle to raise awareness and funds for cancer treatment and research.
Approximately 18 months separates the pictures above. On the left, shortly after having a good portion of my newly diagnosed brain tumor removed in 2015. The journey from that point to today has been hard.
The picture on the right represents one of the highlights of my ongoing recovery. That's me and my two cousins(thanks again Leona and Alana!) completing the Ride in 2016. It was a huge challenge for all of us and a massive personal milestone for me. Something that the person in the picture on the left could not have imagined or hoped for.
It's hard to say what a 'typical' cancer journey is. But it seems that, so far, I have been extremely fortunate. The people around me have helped more than they know. Makiko, my whole family, friends and coworkers, all the other patients and survivors I have met, together, it is a formidable team of support. To each and every one, thank you.
Aside from having these people around me, I have been very lucky with the level of treatment and support from everyone at the Cancer Agency in BC. The care I have received has been exceptional. The specific treatment I received was researched, developed and tested in Vancouver. It was funded by events like this.
Last year, my ride was really about me. My health and my recovery. I was challenging myself and trying to find what is possible for me after this diagnosis. That's a lot of 'me's', 'my's' and 'I's....
This year, I hope the ride will be more for the cause it is designed for. Being part of the event last year was a fantastic experience. There really is a great atmosphere of perfect strangers, working together to push back against an enormous force. All have been touched by cancer in some way, and all have stepped up to do something.
Obviously, this experience is not unique to me. Whenever I tell someone about my diagnosis or treatment, there is always a reciprocated tale....It could be a friend, family member, coworker, but cancer has touched all of us in some way. Donations are not for me or my situation. Donations aim to ensure there are less stories to tell and that they have better endings.
As I said last year, thank you for everything you have done. Now, pay up!
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