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Welome to my Personal Page! The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through the beautiful Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
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.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Why I Ride
I met a Wheelin’ Warriors team member at a spin class at the Northern Sport Centre in 2015, and was intrigued with his description of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I had my own story to share.
In 2005, at the age of 47, my brother-in-law, Richard, was diagnosed with a common form of leukemia, one that often isn’t aggressive. However, about three years later, he was re-diagnosed with an exceedingly rare, aggressive form of the disease. Richard was in and out of the hospital during those years, trying to live a normal life and support his teenage daughter while struggling through aggressive chemotherapy and its side effects. Finally, Christmas 2009 the family celebrated as Richard’s brother Darcy was found to be a match for a stem cell donation, giving Richard a second chance at a renewed life. And shortly after Christmas Richard helped welcome his new grandson into the world. But our family celebration was short-lived.
In early 2010, Darcy was also diagnosed with leukemia. And Richard was very weak. The stem cell transplant was not going to happen. At almost the same time, my own screening mammogram came back abnormal. On April 8th, 2010 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. On April 10th, Richard called from the hospital in Edmonton. We chatted for a long while. He wasn’t feeling well, and he had spent more than 300 days in the hospital during the past year. On April 18th, 2010, Richard died. He was 52 years of age, the same age as me.
That summer I had a partial mastectomy and radiation treatments. I was spared the awful side effects of chemotherapy, and for that I am thankful. Darcy continues to fight his leukemia. He almost died last year before being given an experimental drug that has turned his life around. My one other brother-in-law, Colin, has recently also been diagnosed with lymphoma. Three brothers-in-law, three blood cancers. All coincidental. There is so much that we yet do not know.
There are others in my life who have survived, and not survived, other cancers. And they are why I ride.
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