It's been a year and a half like no other. Last summer, the Ride to Conquer Cancer was regretfully, but necessarily, cancelled - at least officially. Hundreds and hundreds, possibly thousands of us still spent the last weekend in August cycling 200 kilometres in two days to raise money for cancer research.
Why? Because cancer doesn't give a damn about a pandemic or an economic meltdown or global warming. It just keeps stealing the lives of our families and loved ones. This thief doesn't stop, and we won't either.
This summer marks my seventh year cycling in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, although for 2021 it's been re-named The Tour de Cure. No, the ambiance won't be the same. The unique vibe created by 2,000 or more people gathered together for the opening ceremonies will be absent. The heady rush of emotion crossing the finish line exhausted but triumphant will be missing too.
But ride I will. It's not a choice, it's an obligation.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who helped me raise almost $4,000 in my unofficial Ride last year. These funds immediately went to cancer research but rolled over to appear as part of my fundraising goal for this year.
So once again, I'm reaching out for your support. Every dollar helps. Every donation puts us closer to a cure. Together we will kick this thief to the ground.
As always, I ride in memory of my sister, Anita, who I still miss dreadfully eight years after she left us due to pancreatic cancer. I also ride in honour of Franklin, who beat esophageal cancer in 2014, and for Jan, who continues her recovery from breast cancer with characteristic humour and generosity. (The blueberries were amazing Jan. Thank you!)
Please support my Ride and cancer research with a donation. Any amount you can contribute in these uncertain times is appreciated more than ever. Of course, you'll get a tax receipt too. Thank you for being part of this journey with me - a journey that will transform a cure for cancer from dream to reality.