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The Ride to Conquer Cancer has taken on a special meaning for me this year. We all have these stories to tell. Last summer I lost a dear friend Lisa who was in the prime of her life leaving behind 5 awesome kids and a loving husband. And recently an old friend Paul has been stricken with esophageal cancer. Both in their fifties and taken down well before their time. These are real people with real families and a lifetime of stories. But this year I will ride for Daryl. I will be thinking of Paul and Lisa but Daryl will be my main focus. Daryl is my bother in law married to my dear sister for the last 35 or so years. He is father to my lovely nieces Stephanie and Hilary and my amazing nephew Patrick. He is a great father, husband uncle and friend. I have been privileged to have him as part of a family for over three decades. He is a pillar in our family. I have watched in awe as Daryl has fought the good fight against overwhelming odds for the past three years as he has courageously battled metastatic prostate cancer. But the fight was never just about Daryl. He has turned his illness into an opportunity to raise hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars for cancer research. He has been tireless in his advocacy. The least I can do is get off my butt and ride my bike for two days in his name in an effort to raise money for a promising new treatment that we are trying to bring to BC from Germany.
This is a new treatment developed in Germany that has had tremendous efficacy rates, and we want to bring it to BC. 75% of patients who were given two to four months to live were not only alive six months after receiving the treatment, but their tumours had shrunk and they had lower levels of PSMA in their blood. In layman’s terms, the treatment is a radiopharmaceutical that is injected by IV. The IV is loaded with a radioactive element (Lutetium) that has been chemically bound to a certain antibody. This combination, upon injection, circulates throughout the body attaching itself to cancer cells and killing them. Perhaps most encouraging, this treatment kills cancer cells wherever they reside – the bones, lymph nodes, soft tissue organs or simply in the bloodstream. Daryl suffers from three of these four indications and has been told (repeatedly) that his situation will get worse.
The money I raise along with the funds from all of my fellow team members will be earmarked for this ground-breaking treatment. If we can bring this technology here who knows how many of us or our loved ones may benefit in the future. So I ask you to pledge your support to me, or rather to Daryl.
Link to my personal page to register your donation
For information on our team and the effort on Daryl’s behalf follow the link
and for the treatment in Heidelberg Germany
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