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In August 2016, I participated in my first Ride to Conquer Cancer and covered over 290 km in two days, cycling from Vancouver to Seattle. I am so very grateful to all who supported me in reaching my goal with over $2,500 raised!! Thank you!
The ride was a physical challenge and an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. Throughout the journey I met many people from all over BC, each with their own personal reasons for embarking on the ride. I got to know my teammates much better and shared some touching moments along the way as we told our own stories and helped each other through the more grueling sections of the route. I was humbled and inspired by those affected by cancer donning flags on their bikes; many of whom left me in their dust along the way!
As our team crossed the finish line together, nearly all of us pledged to do the ride all over again in 2017! Already we have started training indoors and recently participated in a 6 hour long spinathon at Big White Ski Resort, raising funds for our team! In January we were invited to a private tour at the BC Cancer Agency here in Kelowna where we learned about the amazing research and unique clinical trials that are making huge strides towards better understanding and treatment of many different types of cancer. The radiation and medical oncologists we met have dedicated their careers towards helping each patient and their families though what is undoubtedly some of the hardest days. The state of the art facility serves a huge area and is soon to receive some important new diagnostic equipment that will mean cancer patients don't have to travel to Vancouver. It was incredibly motivating to see how our fundraising dollars can make a difference.
Unfortuantely I have a new reason to redouble my efforts this year, as cancer has recently reached its icy fingers out to affect a cherished loved one in my life. It is with great sadness that my family learned that a dear friend, and uncle to me, was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland. It has proven to be very aggressive and despite surgery has already shown signs of returning. Wayne is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation at the BC Cancer Agency. He is finding these treatments very difficult but it is still too early to tell how successful they will be. I am grateful at least that my friend can receive the care he needs here in the Okanagan where he can stay in his own home near friends.
Another important impetus for my efforts is my unfortanately ample experience diagnosing cancer in my veterinary patients. I believe that I work in the field of preserving and fostering health in the human-animal bond. Having to break news of a cancer diagnosis in a beloved pet is one of the hardest parts of my job. Human and veterinary oncology share many parallels and comparative oncology has, and will continue to improve our understanding and treatment options for naturally occuring cancers in people and animals.
August 26t-27th I will once again join my team along the beautiful and challenging route from Vancouver to Seattle! The money my team raises for The Ride to Conquer Cancer® will benefit local patients and their families through the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna. The Cyclepath Cyclotron team has raised over $500,000 for this organization since the ride began, and we hope to significantly add to this total.
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. Because of generous sponsor donations, all of the money raised goes directly towards the cause. A tax recepit will automatically be sent to you upon completion of your pledge.
With many thanks,
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