Please Support My 7th Ride to Conquer Cancer
I am doing the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer again this year because I believe we can conquer cancer, I believe that we are making progress, and I believe that my fundraising efforts and your contributions make a difference.
I did my first Ride in 2009 after my younger brother, Howie, died of esophageal cancer. He was 52 - much too young!
In January this year my wife Bonnie tested positive for breast cancer. Fortunately, due to advances in mammography, we caught it early. The two tumors that were found were small and otherwise undetectable. She had breast surgery in early March. The day before surgery, she underwent Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping. This enabled the surgeon to do a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy during her surgery; no additional cancer was detected and it was not necessary for the surgeon to strip her lymph nodes, a procedure that used to be common practice. The more complete post-surgery analysis of tissue samples confirmed the biopsy done during surgery (no additional cancer detected). After reviewing her full pathology report with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Bonnie decided to go ahead with adjuvant (precautionary) chemotherapy to destroy any undetected cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of her body. She completed her chemo in early August and is doing well. The treatments are finished and healing is now underway.
I am thankful for the advances that have been made in the detection and treatment of this terrible disease, for the resources that are available in Alberta and for the care she received at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. But more is needed. Let's help the Alberta Cancer Foundation achieve its mission - a cancer-free future.
Based on statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes, and 1 in 4 will die from cancer. The Cancer Society estimated that, in 2017, 18,600 new cases would be diagnosed in Alberta and 6,800 people would die of cancer. These stats are too high.
The Ride is a 2-day 200+ km cycling journey along the majestic Canadian Rockies. Since 2009 and including funds raised to date this year, the Ride has raised about $70 million for The Alberta Cancer Foundation. With your support of my Rides we have contributed about $43 thousand to this total. We can do more.
Funds raised through the Ride enable the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support breakthrough cancer research, clinical trials, enhanced care and the discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centres across Alberta.
Even though I'm older and finding the Rides more difficult, I have decided to do more by participating in the 2018 Ride on the August 18-19 weekend. My struggles on the Ride are small compared to the challenges faced those who have been told "you have cancer".
Please support my 2018 Ride by clicking on the "DONATE NOW" button at the top of this page to make a secure online donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Or, if you prefer, you may print a donation form and mail your donation to the Foundation. All donors will receive a Canadian tax receipt.
Thank you for sharing in my believe that we will conquer cancer.
My Participant ID: 226786-3
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