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This year I will be participating in my 4th Ride to Conquer Cancer. This two-day, 220 km cycling journey in August will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made! Cancer has affected my life in many ways. My first experience with the disease was when my father was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1981 when I was only 18 years old. Sadly he survived only 6 months. He passed away just as I was graduating from BCIT. He was the inspiration for me as I embarked on a 3 decade long career in Nuclear Medicine Technology – a profession dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases including cancer. Over the course of my career I have seen remarkable progress in the detection and treatment of cancer but there is more work to be done.
These days, everyone knows someone who has or had cancer. I am no different. Recently two very dear friends lost their battle with brain cancer and lung cancer. Both were young, productive and vibrant men who were taken from us much too soon. Over the same time frame, three neighbours succumbed to this disease after many years of treatment. Since last year's ride, another 2 close friends were diagnosed with breast cancer and my dear neighbour was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. The news is not all bad. I have two close girlfriends and 2 additional neighbours who are survivors and living proof that we are making huge strides in treating cancer. I have always supported the fight against cancer but the battle was about to get very personal....
On April 5, 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had gone for a routine annual mammogram a few weeks earlier. When I got a call from the x-ray clinic saying that they wanted to do additional images and an ultrasound I was somewhat concerned but my medical training had taught me that the rate of false positive scans was high. I had no lumps or bumps, no family history. I didn't smoke or drink and led a relatively healthy lifestyle – I couldn't possibly have cancer – right? Wrong. On the day of my diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound the radiologist told me that they found a 7 mm lesion that was highly suspicious for a malignancy. The biopsy confirmed I had Stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My world turned upside-down. Thus began my breast cancer journey.
Fast forward four years... in addition to my initial lumpectomy, radiation therapy and Tamoxifen I was diagnosed with ADH shortly after last year's Ride. This abnormal lesion is a precursor to cancer and resulted in a 2nd lumpectomy on the other breast. My health regained, I am ready for my next challenge - the Ride to Conquer Cancer!
Why am I riding? Let me count the reasons...
I ride in memory of my father, my friends, my neighbours and the patients I have met through the years – they all endured countless tests and treatments so that other cancer patients like me could benefit in the future. I am indebted to them for their courage and sacrifice.
I ride in support of my friends who continue to battle this disease. Their strength and conviction to beat this disease will be the inspiration I draw upon as I am peddling up those hills!
I ride to express my gratitude to the health care professionals who have treated me so well. Their expertise and dedication have ensured that my chances of survival are as high as possible. It is time for me to give back and ensure that they continue to have adequate resources to do their best work.
I ride because my life may depend on it. In many ways, participating in the Ride is self-serving because I know that I will ultimately reap the benefits. Funds raised through the Ride to Conquer Cancer will support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.
Why should you donate? It's never easy asking people for money but in order to participate in the ride we must each raise $2500. No donation amount is too small and I am grateful for any support that you feel you can give. As a result of your investment in cancer research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. Today, two out of three people live at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, up from roughly one out of two in the 1970s. This progress reflects advances over the last 40 years in every area of cancer care: prevention, screening, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and – increasingly – molecularly targeted treatments. These better outcomes are a result of fundraising events such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer. BC Cancer continues to innovate and conduct world-leading research and enhancements to patient care and funds raised from this year’s Ride will help support the next wave of treatment options and initiatives, providing new hope to families facing the disease.
Please click on the link to make your contribution to this worthy cause. Thank you in advance for helping me as I ride to conquer cancer!
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