My Ride For Cancer - It's Personal
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We have all been touched by cancer, whether as a cancer survivor, or watching a friend or family member struggle to fight it, or as the heartbroken who have had to bid adieu to a loved one taken too early. I have been fortunate enough to avoid this diagnosis (so far!) but I have reason to ask for your donation.
This year in particular, I need to ride for my Stepmother Karen Kennedy, who is at this moment fighting a rare form of biliary cancer. Two years ago she was diagnosed with probably less than 6 months to live. Her positivity and strength has allowed her to be in our lives far longer than we could even hope. Enjoying her company again this Christmas and Easter was a better gift than any Santa (or the Easter Bunny) could bring. And she is still fighting. But a cure for her cancer there is not....yet.....and this year I ride in the hopes that cures or miracles do exist.
Miracles were not available for my stepfather Fred Stevens. My stepfather, who had raised my sister and I since we were little girls, succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1996. It was crushing to watch a man who was so dignified and vibrant have to face such a terrifying and excrutiatingly painful end. The trauma of watching a proud and much-loved man struggle with the fear, pain and debilitation of cancer, let alone his loss, has never left me.
After that was the shock in 2004 of discovering fellow "Super Woman" Mary Leliveld had cancer. After some difficulty at World Triathlon Championships due to a persistent cough, Mary Leliveld sent out a birthday invitation: "Life begins at 40", inviting all to celebrate her 40th birthday. Two weeks later she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, which had already spread to her brain, bone and lungs. In less than 6 months this amazing. positive, talented athlete was gone, leaving a vaccuum in all of our lives.
Three years ago, the news that my step-aunt Doris was diagnosed with lymphoma left family and friends scared and stricken. Doris' strength of will ensured she received appropriate referral (evenutally) and the excellent management through BC Cancer means she is in remission. A cure can be just around the corner!
And early last year, family friend Wayne Johnson required an emergency evacuation whilst on vacation out of country. Tests confirmed widespread cancer throughout. After a brief struggle, Wayne was gone. The shock and loss felt by his sons and friends (any myself) from this close-knit community in rural Manitoba is devastating.
I believe with research, there is the potential to unlock the mysteries of cancer and save more lives. ideally, save the lives of those I love.
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, bringing hope to cancer patients.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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