My Ride to Conquer Cancer
On August 26 and 27, 2017, I will be taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This is a unique, two day cycling event to raise money for the BC Cancer Foundation. The ride starts in Vancouver and culminates in Seattle, Washington. The total distance is approximately 250 kilometres. Each of the riders, including myself, has to raise $2,500 to participate in this event.
Two out of five people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Almost all of us have a story to tell about someone we know who has battled, or is battling, this devastating disease. This ride is dedicated to my father who died of a brain tumour at the age of 56 when I was only 16 years old. I am 53 years old now and cannot imagine to think what he went through at such a young age. It was hard to watch my father, who was such a strong man, succumb to the disease. Over the course of my short life, my close friend, 35 years old, died of melanoma. He had his whole life ahead of him. Cancer has also claimed my mother-in-law as well as, afflicted my friends and my friends parents.
It was estimated that in 2016:
102,900 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer and 41,700 men will die from cancer;
99,500 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 37,100 women will die from cancer;
On average, 555 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day; and,
On average, 216 Canadians will die from cancer every day.
This is the first time I have joined the Ride to Conquer Cancer and I am looking forward to joining the masses of other people that are all committed to raising money. The money raised will help support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, bringing hope to cancer patients in BC and beyond.
I believe in a world free from cancer. If we continue to raise money for research, it is going to hopefully happen in our lifetime.
Thank you, in advance, for your support.
Please click below in order to donate on my personal page. No contribution is too small.
What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
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