Leona's RTCC 2017
Well a year has past...and I am still not a cyclist. To be honest, I put my bike back in storage right after last years ride. But here we go again, in just over a month, I will be riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer with my sister and cousin (again). But this year I will be part of a team, The Brainiacs. The Brainiacs were founded in 2009 in BC by 4 Brain Cancer survivors. What started off as a team of 8 riders has grown to a team that has raised over 1.6 million dollars for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. That is pretty amazing!
Before I get into things, I would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions and support last year. The funds raised through the Ride to Conquer Cancer helped to support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, bringing hope to cancer patients in B.C. and beyond. I was truly overwhlemed and grateful for all the support I received last year. Thank you.
And here is the story behind why I, a non-cyclist, am doing this ride and supporting this event (again). Like many of you, I have watched this diagnosis be handed out and mess up and completely alter people’s lives. Happy, healthy, hard-working, good-hearted, genuine people with bright futures and families and friends and loved ones. I have watched some people beat it and some people lose their battle. Family, friends, co-workers, husbands, wives, young and old. No one seems to be immune. Too many lives turned upside down.
Over the past couple years, my family has had to hear of this diagnosis too many times, and I don’t have a particularly large family. My sister (who is in the clear now, yay!), my cousin who has been diagnosed with brain cancer (who is doing incredibly well), my cousin’s husband and another cousin (who are both now in the clear, yay!), and my aunt who learned of her diagnosis just days before losing her daughter (another cousin). Seems like a lot once I put it down in writing. But what is shocking to me is that it almost seems to be the new normal. That is not ok. It is heartbreaking and discouraging.
I am doing this ride with my sister (a survivor) and my cousin (a fighter) for the second time. last year was challenging for all of us but it was also an incredible experience. It was inspring to ride alongside so many fighters, survivors and supporters. It is all about the journey. A chance to push boundaries and limits. And to always keep fighting.
So now I am reaching out to get support from you (again). Anything you may be able to donate is greatly appreciated. Not only will the money be used to support the research and medical needs of people fighting this disease, but it will also give hope to them and their loved ones for a brighter, healthier future. And hope is what keeps us going during our toughest times, right?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you so very much for supporting me last year. I really appreciate it. And thank you in advance for your support again this year :)
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