WHY I RIDE
My concept of the world of medicine was developed for me at a very young age. My father is a physician, and I was exposed to various types of bodies and health in different environments. On some weekends, I would spend the night at the hospital with my dad, hanging around the nurse's station while he worked. Through this, many of my values were formed. One value I cherish is compassion. When I was 5 years old, my mother and I went back to Canada to take care of my grandma who was ill. At that age, I didn't understand what was happening, and I didn't understand that she wouldn't be getting better. She had terminal breast cancer. As I spent the last of her time with her and my mother (mostly unaware), I had my first exposure to the challenges of this diagnosis.
The years following this, many of my friends had relatives or friends who had been affected, and I could see how challenging it was for them. Although I could listen to their pain and experience, I couldn't relate to them fully until very recently when some of my family and closest friends were directly affected with a diagnosis. Through the witnessing of seemingly endless treatments, the highs and lows of their journey, and the strength that they showed, I was able to understand compassion in a different way. I am doing this ride in support of all the people I love who have overcome major obstacles and challenges in their life becoming stronger, more confident, and more alive with every moment.
If you're able to contribute for cancer research in any way, I welcome the support. I would also love to hear your story.
I RIDE FOR MY 2 BEST FRIENDS. I RIDE FOR MY AUNT. I RIDE FOR MY UNCLE. I RIDE FOR MY GRANDMA.
I RIDE FOR OUR LOVED ONES.
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