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Welcome to Michael Rushton’s Personal Page for the Ride to Conquer Cancer 2017! Some of you will know me as ‘Mike’, others as ‘Mick’ – it will depend on how, when and where we met; if you haven't met me yet, call me whatever you like – the main thing is that now you are looking at this page you should be thinking I NEED TO DONATE (A LOT)!
The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, taking place in the summer, from Vancouver to Seattle. 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!
So who am I? In one sentence I’m a 64 year old, British-born, married father of four adults, chemical engineer, business exec., swimmer, spinner, DIY enthusiast (well OK, practitioner), cook, craft beer lover who has lived in the Vancouver area since 1981, and rarely gets on a bike – I have bike, I just haven’t ridden it very much. That’s about to change!
Why would a 64 year old (insert from above…) want to do this Ride of 240 km spread over two days, when the furthest he has ridden before is probably 30 km? The answer is because I have to. Strong stuff. Here's why:
I haven’t given much back to this wonderful community I live in and it's time I did. So having been thinking about this ride for a while, I now have a decent bike, I’m in reasonable shape, and it won’t get any easier. Then my wife, Claire, said she was going to join the UBC team, so I did too and then our first-born Caitlin said she’s in, so that rounded it out. It’s a family effort driven by a strong desire to try to help. This f3*%^~g cancer is everywhere and has impacted me personally over the years, so I feel I must help if I can.
I’m very fortunate that I have not had cancer, but a lot of people around me have (or had). A few years ago my sister, Jean, died of ovarian cancer – a long, painful death held off for several years by the sorts of treatment methods that this kind of fund-raising can support. Since then there has been a steady stream of diagnoses among friends, family and acquaintances – it’s a frightening and disheartening situation, but thanks to progress from research, many prognoses are actually pretty good. Sadly, some are not so good.
It is said that if you are going to get Cancer, BC is one of the best places in the world to be treated for it. That didn’t happen by accident. It takes a concentration of funding and a concentration of talent attracted by that funding to achieve the sorts of progress that we have made in cancer detection and treatment and the Ride is one very effective way that money has been raised. It’s a movement of like-minded people taking a couple of days of padded spandex and ibuprofen to push back a bit against cancer.
Please 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 at the BC Cancer Agency, bringing hope to cancer patients in B.C. and beyond. Give a little, or better still, give a lot. I have to raise $2,500 but my target is to multiply that through your generosity. There's a printable form below this message or you can donate on-line at www.conquercancer.ca - my participant number is 312501-2.
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