About my Ride to Conquer Cancer
Dearest Friends and Family,
I can’t believe my good fortune. After the first 2 years of riding in ice cold rain and 80mph windstorms, we had a second year of clear blue skies and ideal cycling weather! I took the time to meet some fellow riders and hear their stories – not all involve sadness and loss – some are inspiring – like the mature rider, aged like fine wine, who whizzed past me, forcing me to push to catch up to him at the stop light so I could learn that he had fathered 2 biological boys after beating testicular cancer.
This year is a big year for me because it marks the 5th year in a row that I have done this ride. It also means that I have earned the much coveted golden helmet! Normally, I take a few months after the ride to rest, but this year – it’s 2 weeks rest, then off to the gym 3 days a week for power cycle. Why? In return for your much appreciated support year after year, I am challenging myself to ride the “challenge route” – this means more dreaded hills, more km's, and more training! I am hopeful for another calm weather year, but am afraid that we are due for some chilling wind storms in 2018 - I eagerly anticipate whatever mother nature has in store for us because I know that it is nothing compared to what cancer patients and their families have to endure.
As many of you know, I started doing this ride in 2014 for my dad who lost his battle with cancer at 53 years young. Cancer robbed my dad of realizing his dream that one of his kids would become a doctor, of meeting his son and daughters-in-law, of meeting his precious grandchildren, and of growing old with his first love (that’s you mom). I feel his absence every day. In 2017, as I crossed the finish line, my 5 year old son asked me if I had won the bike race. Clearly I did not as he had just witnessed hundreds of riders cross the finish line in front of me. But in his innocent eyes, Mommy and Daddy have been training all year for the big bike race and clearly, we have a good shot at winning the race. He has an intuition beyond his years. We are in a race – a race to conquer cancer – and this is why I ride year after year.
This August 2018, I ride not only for my loved ones affected by cancer but for YOUR's as well. In return for your support, I humbly ride in honour of your loved ones affected by cancer by placing their names on ribbons on my jersey. I will take them with me as I ride as a message to those we have lost, that they will never be forgotten and to those who are still fighting – that we fight cancer with them!
I thank all of you who have supported me in the past – I hope that you too feel the positive impact it has made (to date, the ride has raised over 85 million for cancer research). I ask again for your support. It does make a difference and you never know when it could impact someone you love.
Believe, Hope, and Give. Together, “We Can and We Will Cure Cancer in our Lifetime”
Please donate if you can,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
My Participant ID: 320559-0
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