For The Ones We LoVe
So it's that time of year again where I come to you to ask for help in a matter that is so very important to me and my family. This year will be my 4th year participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer. We will be riding our bicycles 220+km over two days to raise money for the BC Cancer Foundation.
As most of you may already know by now my family has been through years of struggle because of cancer and the toll it takes on everyone involved. In the last 5 years we have had to say goodbye far to soon to the ones we love. My brother James Ricard fought brain cancer for 5 years before it claimed his life in 2013. James was an adventurous, goofball who loved to ski and be oudoors and he had a smile that would light up a room as soon as he entered it. More than anything James wanted to see his two young kids grow up, but he was robbed of that because of cancer.
In 2016 my grandpa, Rick Ricard's life was claimed by liver duct cancer just a mere 6 months after he was diagnosed. He was a hardworking man who loved to garden, woodwork and be with his family.
Just this past March 31 cancer stole one of the most important people in my life... my momma Heather Ricard. Mom spent most of her time selflessly looking after others throughout her life. She was the best mom you could ask for. She was sincere, kind, loyal and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, not to mention she was an amazing cook.
Just like most others with cancer, Mom endured all the hardships that come with cancer; surgeries, radiation, chemo, endless pills and needles, doctors appointments, pain and suffering, not once, but 3 times in her life. Mom beat Hodgkin's after James was born when she was just 21 years old. Then again in 2006 she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and she fought and beat it. In 2015, yet again we got another dreadful phone call telling us that the breast cancer had come back only this time it was in her bones. Mom endured constant pain, numerous hospital stays due to complications, suffered through 2 broken hips in the same year that both required hip replacement surgeries, and in her last 2 months of her life the tumors moved into her spine and resulted in her becoming paralyzed from the waist down. Through all the emotional and physical pain these past 3 years Mom was so incredibly brave and fought so hard so that she could be here for everyone that she loved so dearly. But, sadly as hard as she fought the cancer was just far too aggressive and it claimed her life just 3 weeks before her 65th birthday.
Cancer diagnosis continues to rise and affects 1 in 2 people and 80,800 people died from cancer last year. That's a horrendous statistic. Next it could very easily be you, your friends, your family or your children. Cancer does not discriminate, it has no boundaries. My brother, grandpa and mom were all healthy, active people and they were not spared. Please I urge you to take the time to donate to this worthy cause so no more families have to suffer and go through the anguish and heartbreak that mine has.
I am as motivated as ever to raise money to fuel the vital research that will fight this disease. 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.
Thank you so very much,
Love & Gratitude
My Participant ID: 320522-4
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