Please support me in the Tour de Cure!
This August I will be embarking on a cycling challenge. I have committed to participate in the Tour de Cure presented by Wheaton Precious Metals to help BC Cancer Foundation break down cancer. With Covid still in our lives, this years ride will be virtual.
I strongly hope that you will support my virtual ride as Cancer doesn't know Covid. We need to continue to fund Cancer Research.
I have participated in every ride since the "Ride" began in 2009. In 2018 we rode entirely in Canada. The same will be true for this year. The 2018 ride was very special to me as my oldest daughter Macie joined me and made it through the two grueling days of wetness. I'm very proud of her determination.
Why do I ride my bike over 200 kilometers each summer?
I do this because doctors told me that my Brain Tumour that was resected in an operation in July of 2007 was terminal brain cancer(Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme,aka GBM). A doctor told me I had 6 months to live. I argued with him, but he was persistent in his determination. After repeatedly telling the doctor I was going to live, he settled on perhaps I may live 12 months. Again I disagreed. We parted on that note. (It's been over 13 years that I've been Cancer free).
Two weeks later, the thought that I could die in 6 months depressed me. A relative that had been through Cancer told me I had two choices; firstly I could give up and die, or secondly choose to fight and live. I responded that I didn't have two choices, I had one. This focused me on my mission ahead of me. With two young daughters aged one and five, I declared that I would fight and win! I would not leave this planet with my daughters not having a father!
The resection of the grapefruit size tumour was step one, recovery from the operation was complete after 3 weeks. Within the recovery time, some remaining cancer cells formed two new areas of growth. Second step was to shrink the areas with Radiation, and third step was to use Chemo to kill the cells. Fortunately enough my doctors at the BC Cancer Agency and my surgeon-Dr Gul did a wonderful job managing my resection. I was declared in Remission on March 16th, 2008. The first Doctor who insisted that I would die, landed at BCCA earlier the previous year on sabbatical, and couldn't be informed of the success. Too Bad.
Now here I am giving back to the system which treated me so well. 50% is the current number of Canadians that will get Cancer in their lifetime. This number is offensive to me, and I am determined to ride with my team of Brainiacs and a few thousand others to raise money to Conquer Cancer. You will be our partners in this success. Without you, our financial partners there would be no ride. There would be no Conquering Cancer. We put out butts in the saddle for a long and epic ride and you open your wallets to create a fabulous team!
I am pleased to ride the ride to reduce the offensive number, and even if we can't reduce the number, we will increase another number, SURVIVORS!
Thank you all for being my financial partners in this ride! Over 12years the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $105 million. We, the Brainiacs have raised $3million over that time and we are looking forward to continuing the ride with the newly re-launced Tour de Cure! Yes, I am proud and you as my partners I expect are as well.