Dear friends -
As many of you know, I had the benefit of the ultimate Hail Mary – lying in the hospital with every orifice of my body violated with tubes, probes, stitches and Stage 4 lymphoma (5 years ago to this weekend!), I was surrounded by an incredible team: doctors, nurses, friends and family. With a diagnosis of two to four weeks “left,” the drug protocol, a large dose of positive attitude and a strong will to not give in arrested my very aggressive cancer. A year’s worth of heavy chemotherapy and a few procedures under the bright lights had me back in the game. I was very fortunate!
Since returning to the “new normal” (indolent cancer still in my bone marrow), I have directed a lot of my energy to helping the BC Cancer Foundation source research dollars through corporate sponsorship, and through our own modest means and that of our friends. I use myself as a tangible example of where research saves lives, as my protocol was a byproduct of that research.
As most of you know, I deal with crisis generally through humour, but it is challenging to see anything amusing about the increased incidence of cancer in younger people – not sure if statistically supported, but I see more and more of it within my sphere. My motivation is driven to protect my children and my friends and everyone else’s’ children and grandchildren, as well as the opportunity to support those that were so instrumental in getting me back into fighting shape.
I will be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle the last weekend in August to once again raise money – I would love to have your support!
P.S.: the CFO of the BC Cancer Foundation is a great friend and obviously big supporter of the Ride, having raised tens of thousands of dollars himself. I understand where the dollars come from and how they are spent, including third party expenses to support the machine that drives the charity event. It makes sense to me and I am happy to explain to anyone who has any questions.
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