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August 18, 2017 update:
Thanks so much to everyone who's helped me on this epic journey! With the ride just over a week away, I'm ready to roll! I've raised more than I set out to, and I've had more fun training than I imagined I would. It's not that it hasn't been challenging preparing to ride 250km next weekend - it has! But it's been such a pleasure getting to know such an amazing group of positive, enthusiastic, community-minded cyclists in Prince Geroge and I'm so glad that I made the decision to participate in the 2017 RTCC. I'm excited to represent northern BC in support of the thousands of brave British Columbians who are living with cancer. I'm grateful that my body allows me to cycle. And I'm proud to be part of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Let's do this!
Initial post - January 2017:
Well, even though I don't own a road bike (I will soon!), and have always been afraid of road cycling (do I really have to go fast down the hills?), I have registered for the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer (presented by Silver Wheaton), taking place August 26 & 27. As many of you know, this event benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation consists of a two-day cycling journey from Vancouver to Seattle. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by those with cancer. I'm riding because both of my parents are cancer survivors. My mom has lived through both soft-tissue sarcoma and osteosarcoma with her customary grace, and my dad has lived through lymphoma with his customary grit. My father-in-law is thankfully still with us after receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat his multiple myeloma, and several aunts, uncles, and friends are alive due to the tremendous strides that have been made in research and care. I'm now choosing to do my part to help support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, bringing hope to cancer patients in B.C. and beyond. Because I have a deep understanding of the specific challenges faced by those with rare diseases, funds donated to my ride will fund research into rare cancers.
I have joined the "Wheelin' Warriors of the North" as I know I'll need the support and encouragement of a team of enthusiastic cyclists/philanthropists to achieve my goal. Plus, it's going to be a great way to meet positive new friends in Prince George and explore beautiful northern BC by bike (once the snow melts, that is!). For now, I've begun my journey with my first Wheelin' Warriors spin class this week, and I'll keep you posted as I grind on, motivated by the knowledge that every day, people are living through diagnosis, treatment, relapse, recovery, and all the grief and relief, pain and joy, fear and love, despair and hope that cancer can bring.
Please join me by making a donation. I am so grateful for your support!
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