The Last Ride Blew me Away!
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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!
I rode in 2015 and literally was swept away. The winds were wild and the ride was postponed by lunch time the first day. The amazing organizers put their mitigation plans into place and we and our bikes were all bussed and trucked to camp. My bestie and I were tired and cold and had to find a dry cover to pitch our tents (they had all blown away and we had to salvage tents and poles from a damaged pile) Once we were set up we headed to the main tent where we had dinner and listened to countless stories of fellow riders who had dodged tree limbs, been pushed around by the heavy winds and who waited, like we had, for several hours to get picked up and taken to camp. We were cold, wet, tired and muddy. The next day, we made up for the lost mileage with a new route which was a lot longer and hillier than we had bargained for. So why would I be crazy enough to ride again?
We were inspired and moved by the amazing stories of those who had fought or were fighting cancer and were riding, of friends and families who had lost loved ones or those who just believed in the cause. We were encouraged by the story of Trish Keating who had stage 4 colon cancer. Her prognosis was very grim but she had the opportunity to participate in the POG (Personalized Onco-Genomics) program and today her cancer is totally undetectable.
I myself am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor. I had 10 cancerous nodes in my armpit and a 2.1 cm tumour. They basically told me they were going to throw the kitchen sink at me in terms of treatment and they did. Today I am still on medication and will be for another 2 years. But I feel great and very lucky to be alive. I know that it is cancer research that has provided a better outcome for me as it has for many others. There are some very exciting developments with POG and Immunotherapy with clinical trials showing some encouraging results. But all this requires funding. I am healthy today but a recurrence of my cancer is a reality. I dream of a day where I don't have to look in the rear view mirror.
Last year, I participated as crew member with BCCF. But to be honest, I missed being on my bike, slogging through the rain, wind and muck, with my yellow flag flying proudly...as a survivor. When my friend and I crossed the finish line two years ago, all fatigue and sore muscles were forgotten on hearing the cheers, seeing all the riders with smiles on their faces and sharing a few tears as well.
This is why I am riding in 2017.
Please consider contributing 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 like me in B.C. and beyond.
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