Riding for my 4-year old daughter, Emma
Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer®
I am riding for my hilarious, brave, and wonderful 4-year old daughter Emma. Emma was diagnosed with a rare and malignant brain tumour in summer 2016. After a successful brain surgery, 8 grueling months of chemo, and a stem cell transplant, she is finally in remission.
Over the past year, I've witnessed firsthand not just the devastation of this disease, but the power of the research and care that donations have enabled. Emma was the beneficiary of stem cell treatments. A tiny amount of her own stem cells, harvested from her blood and then given back to her, reduced her end of treatment recovery time from a year to a few weeks. Stem cells allowed for an extremely high dose of chemo, which helped to save her life. Thanks to the stem cell transplant, Emma was also spared radiation treatment, which in very young children can dramatically reduce quality of life and can also cause secondary cancer.
We are forever indebted to the millions of people who have donated and raised money to fight this disease. Childhood cancer is devastating and not as rare as many people think.
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. I will be raising money and awareness for childhood cancers.
Emma has always loved riding bikes, and as her dad I've loved taking her for long rides around the city on the back of my bike. Little Emma spent more than 125 days and nights in the hospital fighting cancer. She spent many hours riding her bike down long, empty hospital hallways, attached to a huge medication pole (we would run next to her, pushing it along, trying to keep up!). On days she was not allowed to leave her room, the hospital provided her with a stationary bike so she could keep riding. I will be thinking of her, her bravery, and her love for riding all the way to Seattle.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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