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On August 26th & 27th I will be participating in a 2 day bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle. This will be my 9th time taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer and I couldn't have done it without all of your support over the last few years. Thank you for taking the time to donate and for encouraging me along the way.
The reason why I do the ride is pretty plain and simple. For me this started when I was 21 years old when a tragic turn of events changed my life forever. My beautiful twin sister Michele was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma which spread to her brain and other organs of her body. The doctors told us it was stage 4 brain cancer...incurable. In that moment I realized how short life was and that I had to make a difference. My family was devastated...I mean how could this happen? How could this happen to anyone? The hardest part for me was that I was healthy. How could my very own twin sister have a disease that was about to take her life, and I was completely healthy? It was hard for me because I couldn't change what was happening to her and I couldn't heal her, but I knew I had to change the future. Everything changed for me then. Everything I thought I knew changed. I became a new person and all I wanted to do was hold her and tell her it was going to be ok.
My journey with the ride began in that moment when I was sitting in the hospital room. I started googling ways of how I could contribute to help save her...that was when I discovered the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
The Ride has become part of me...part of my life. It was my therapy. It IS my therapy. It helps me remember my twin sister who lost her lengthy battle of cancer in 2009 at a young age of 22. Michele passed away only 3 days after I participated in my very first ride and I still remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember everything about her... her laugh, her voice and her incredible sense of humor. June 24th, 2009 will forever be the saddest day of my life.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. It is not only an event to raise money for Cancer, it is something much more than that. It is a family of riders who have come together for the same reason; to help conquer cancer.
I miss everything about my sister, everyday. I can't bring her back and I can't change the past, but one thing I can do is help change the future. The more I can do to help conquer cancer, the more I AM going to do and I know I won't stop fighting until we conquer this horrible disease.
I am riding for my twin sister Michele, who I miss everyday. I am riding for my niece, who lost her Mom way to early. I am riding for my Mom, who is a cancer survivor and I am riding for all of my friends and family who have been touched by this horrible disease.
I will ride that weekend with all of you in my heart, full of gratitude. Thank you all for your generous donations over the years and again for 2017. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without all your help & support.
For the past, the present and the future
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