Welcome to my Ride page, and thanks for taking a second out of your busy day to check it out.
We live in a busy world, so I'll try to be as brief as can.....
Obviously as we get older, we meet more people, from all different walks of life, from work, or travel, social groups, our faith, or perhaps from some of the hobbies or other interests we participate in. You don't really notice it when your younger, or at least I didn't in my teens, and early 20's, but as I grew older, I would meet people that were touched by cancer. Not necesarrily did they have cancer, but perhaps one of their friends or their grand parents did. And then parents, or one of their workmates spouses. Then it got closer to home. A close family friend had breast cancer, and after a tough battle passed away. I wept uncontrollably at her memorial thinking about the loss felt by her husband and her two children.
A few years ago, it got closer to me - two of my hockey buddies I played with weekly lost their wives to breast cancer.within a short period. And it happened fast. Again, I hurt deeply inside for my friends.
And then...... Cancer hit home.
I remember the day my mom told me.
She had bladder cancer. She fought it with everything she had. When the Doctors told her she had 3 months, she took 15 months. When the Doctors told her us she had 2 weeks, she looked them in the eyes, smiled and took her sweet time for another 12 weeks.
As a son, there were moments in her battle I'll never forget. Like the time when she was crying she was in so much pain. She grabbed my arm, and begged me as her son to please ask the doctors to do something, anything about the pain. To have a loved one beg you to help, and you cannot is an feeling I do not wish upon anyone.
But also, in her last days with us, she taught me and my sibblings that you don't give up. You never give up.
And this is the reason I will participate in this Ride for Cancer for the first time.
I wanted to do something to honor my mom's memory, but also I was looking for something out of my comfort zone - and when I saw this - it sounded like the right fit.
I'm not going to lie, I'm a little nervous about doing this ride. The last time I sat on a street bike, all my lower extremeties went numb. And that was years ago.
I joined The Ride because devoting a weekend to cycling through BC is one small way I can make a big difference for cancer patients with the BC Cancer Foundation and throughout the province.
But it's not the distance I go that will make a lasting impact – it's the donation support you provide to my Ride. Whatever you're able to give, THANK YOU. Every dollar you donate means a dollar more to one day conquering cancer.
I really believe we can achieve this goal, and it's through your generosity that we'll be able to do it!