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Welcome to my Personal Page! This is my story:
About fifteen years ago I reluctantly went into my doctor's office (I am admittedly one of those people who avoid going unless absolutely necessary) to get a mole checked out because it looked irregular and was bleeding periodically. When I was called back in to discuss my test results I was informed by a young doctor (I can't recall now why my own family doctor was absent) that I had basal cell carcinoma and was told, "If you want to get cancer, this is the one to get because it is very slow to grow." I was dumbfounded for two reasons. One, that I had cancer cells being produced in my otherwise healthy body, and two, that a highly educated man would ever make such a completely asinine statement. I have since been treated for skin cancer twice, but I consider myself to be extremely lucky. My experience was a wake up call for me to not only be cognizant of how I take care of the largest organ in my body, but also to take advantage of the many unique experiences life has to offer. If I had my wits about me back then, I would have chastised the doctor who gave me my first diagnosis for the dismissive words that have been forever imprinted in my mind because NO-ONE wants to get cancer of ANY kind.
I have embraced the opportunity to join the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer which takes place from August 26-27 because I love anything that involves a combination of being physically active and being outside, and I love the idea of doing something that will positively impact my community. My fundraising efforts will not only fuel my determination to prepare myself for this epic 200+ km ride from Vancouver to Seattle, but all the funds I raise will also go directly towards cancer research in our province.
My oldest daughter, Haylee Seiter, became a spokesperson in her teens for the Tanning is Out campaign to warn youth against the dangers of using tanning beds (and my youngest daughter, Danielle Seiter did the same) and she has maintained her ties with the Canadian Cancer Society and the BC Cancer Foundation ever since. Haylee completed her first ride last year and it is she who encouraged me to join the Wheelin Warriors of the North, a wonderful group of energetic and inspiring advocates and cancer survivors who have been participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer since 2013. During our training sessions and meetings I have learned that my teammates are extremely passionate about this ride because the finish line represents the concrete possibility of conquering an insidious disease that manifests itself in different forms and strikes down our friends and loved ones.
My brushes with cancer have been brief and painless compared to the stories of so many others. During the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer, I will have one of my daughters riding alongside me, but in my heart I will be carrying the memory of my father-in-law, Ben Seiter, and my dear uncle, Lyle Umpherville, who both fought courageous battles with cancer. With every pedal stroke I make and every kilometre I cover I will be remembering everyone I know who has experienced the debilitating effects of cancer.
I have committed to raising $2500 for cancer research so I would be very grateful for a donation of any sort to help me reach my goal (use the link below). I know I will be encouraged and supported by my community of friends and family while I embark on this journey and I am hoping that Haylee and I will inspire any one of you to join us (and the few friends I have already managed to recruit!) in the fight for a cure.Thank-you for reading my story (and you are welcome to share it with others). Now let's do this!
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