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W.A.R. 2022

Held by Michael Barrenger
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  1. Dianne & Bruce Ledingham
    $1000
  2. Valerie & Bryan Swift & family
    $1000
  3. Bonnie and John
    $500
  4. Rooky
    $500
  5. Bob Foulkes
    $500
  6. Apple
    $500
  7. Mr. John Swift
    $500
  8. Laura Swift
    $500
  9. Mom
    $500
  10. Tim Chiu
    $500
  11. Arthur, William, Chris and Alexa
    $500
  12. Anonymous
    $500
  13. Aunt Lesley
    $500
  14. Deanna Brummitt
    $500
  15. Winston Ernst
    $500
  16. Jeff Morton
    $500
  17. Eleana Swift
    $500
  18. Mike Barrenger
    $500
  19. Nick
    $500
  20. Anonymous
    $400
  21. Joanne M. Melville
    $350
  22. Cristina and Ian
    $300
  23. Michael Geller
    $250
  24. Anonymous
    $250
  25. Anonymous
    $250
  26. Mark Levitz
    $250
  27. The Kehl/Drance Family
    $250
  28. Stephan Ragaz
    $250
  29. Keith Bustard
    $250
  30. Katrin Ragaz
    $250
  31. Anonymous
    $250
  32. Douglas Eakins
    $250
  33. Lorraine and Gaire MacLean
    $250
  34. Sandra Kaiser
    $250
  35. Mike & Diane Atkinson
    $250
  36. Rita Dodge
    $250
  37. CFed
    $200
  38. The Barers
    $200
  39. Ms. Lorna Hemming
    $200
  40. JIM + LISA DE WILDE
    $200
  41. Sandra Dworkin
    $200
  42. Diane Owen
    $200
  43. Veronica and Matt
    $150
  44. Jane & Charles Bern
    $150
  45. David Jardine
    $150
  46. Oana & Ian Hyatt
    $100
  47. Dear Mike with her best wishes Mike and Sheila in Ottawa
    $100
  48. Hannah & John McCormack
    $100
  49. Adrienne Dodge
    $100
  50. Karen and Steve
    $100
  51. Adrienne Smith
    $100
  52. Mark
    $100
  53. Simone Bern
    $100
  54. Patrick Ragaz
    $100
  55. Lindsay Pearce
    $100
  56. David Gardham
    $100
  57. Jill and Gary
    $100
  58. Anonymous
    $100
  59. Geraldine Vance
    $100
  60. Jenny & Mike
    $100
  61. Keith Boland
    $100
  62. Don Montrichard
    $100
  63. Nancy Fletcher
    $100
  64. Douglas Leung
    $100
  65. Nicole Gregoire
    $100
  66. Patrick John Julian
    $100
  67. Josephine de Freitas
    $100
  68. Susan Twist
    $100
  69. Arvin Asadi
    $100
  70. Keith and Brenda Cassidy
    $100
  71. Ann & John Goldsmith
    $100
  72. Karen Hunter
    $100
  73. Bob + Jane Morton
    $100
  74. Patti and Tom McAllister
    $100
  75. Kerry Clare
    $100
  76. Deborah Hamilton
    $100
  77. Anonymous
    $54
  78. Mark Sheardown
    $50
  79. Miss Sarah Sinclair
    $50
  80. Justin Basra
    $50
  81. Nicholas Reithmeier
    $50
  82. Volvo 240 DL- 4-speed manual with overdrive
    $50
  83. Mary Curtis
    $25

 

"Feed the faith, starve the doubt" - Marvelous Marvin Hagler

In spring 2021, I'd had a sore on my tongue that just wouldn't go away. A few trips to the doctor later, and the awful news came to me over the phone on July 19: it was cancer. I was a healthy guy - why was this happening? Perhaps fortunately, there was no time to dwell on that, as I had a seemingly endless series of doctor appointments and scans.

I had surgery on Aug. 10. Part of my tongue was removed, plus all my lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. It took several weeks to recover from the surgery. Shortly thereafter, I was booked for 6 straight weeks of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Both were debilitating. By the last radiation treatment on Nov. 10, I'd lost about 20lbs.

It took me weeks - months, really - to slowly recover. Frankly, I'm still recovering now.

The thing is though, crazy as my experience has been, it's all too common. Over 2 in 5 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes. 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer. I have known far too many people who have had cancer - friends from school, friends from university, family members, colleagues, neighbours. Some have survived; many haven't.

I'm doing the Tour de Cure, which is a 100km bike ride on Aug. 27. The Tour raises money for the BC Cancer Foundation, which supports the BC Cancer Agency. The Agency is a world-leading organization that does great work. I want everyone to have the same terrific care that I have had. I wouldn't be here but for the doctors, nurses, and staff at the BC Cancer Agency.

Our team name is W.A.R. - "We Are Resilient". It was tough to be resilient when doing the simplest things - eating, talking, picking up my kids, walking the kids to school - became challenging or impossible. But resilient is what we all must be when faced with this disease. Cancer is a battle, fought on many fronts, from research centres, to hospitals, to our homes, and in our hearts.

There are so many people I'd like to thank, but I'll single out three of them here. To our kids, Finn and Rosie: In 2021, the two of you taught me more than you can know about being resilient; you've been amazing. And to Eleana: You were at your best when I was at my lowest; I couldn't have done it without you.

Mike

 

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