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I am writing to you today to ask for your help, real help. This help is for a cause that has become very real to me and too many of my very close friends. I want you to read this message. All of it. It's easy to skip after reading the first paragraph or delete entirely, but just for me, I want you to read the whole thing.
I am participating in this year's Ride to Conquer Cancer on the Daryl's Heidelberg Hope Team. I am riding for Daryl Clark and his hope (and everybody else affected by this insidious disease). He was my friend. He passed away on June 17, 2017 at the age of 59, decades ahead of schedule from metastasized prostate cancer. He fought hard. He gave hope. He made all of his friends and family desperately proud. He was the inspiration for our team. He was supposed to be here to help lead us.
Four to five years ago, if asked, I would have talked more casually about cancer – in my good fortune, it had had such a limited influence of my family and close friends. Suddenly, largely because of my age and the age of many of my friends this insidious disease is stealing the future of far, far too many of my friends, friends I treasure. Of course the world has been fighting cancers for a very long time, I’m just really unsatisfied with the progress – we have to support and accelerate this battle and win it.
That cancer is an insidious disease is well known. That new treatments are being created all the time is lesser known. Most treatments are about easing through it, few are about eradicating it. And this later point, eradication, was Daryl's dream, the point of his fight. And it is on this point that I focus my passion.
A bold new treatment, that Daryl and his friends nicknamed Daryl's Heidelberg Hope, originated in Munich, Germany and is yet to be established in BC and North America generally. The treatment entails a radioactive element, Lutetium, which gets chemically bound to a certain antibody, and is then injected intravenously. This solution, upon injection, circulates through the entire body, attaches itself to cancer cells and, simply, kills them - kills them wherever they reside – bones, lymph nodes, soft tissue organs or simply in the blood stream. It was Daryl's dream that this new treatment be made available in BC for all cancer patients.
Our team, also named Daryl's Heidelberg Hope, is determined to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, to help make Daryl's dream a reality. We have an agreement with the BC Cancer Foundation that any funds we raise will be contributed directly to this new treatment for BC cancer patients funding two very specific clinical trials. 100% of your funds will go to this research – no administrative costs will come off the top. We have met with Sarah Roth, CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation and Dr. Francois Benard, Head of Research at the BC Cancer Agency a number of times over the past six months. We have their full commitment (this will be a collaboration with BCCA, VGH and UBC), a defined budget (approx. $4.5mm) with specific deliverables and a timeline. The intent is to start two clinical trials towards the end of the year. We have raised $1.5 million to date and aim to absolutely ensure this project is fully funded.
And so now I ask. I want you to sponsor me and my team in this ride. I want you to pause and think about who you know or may have lost to cancer and dig deep. I have always been hesitant to suggest how others should direct their charitable giving. This time I am unapologetic. I will only ask once. I promise. However, for this promise I want you to give with sacrifice. I want you to give with passion. I want you to give from you. I want us to crush my donation expectations and help bring a real end to so much loss.
No amount is too small, no amount is too big. Give for Daryl's Heidelberg Hope.
Thank you for reading. Please step up. Do it now by clicking on the link to my donation page above and below.
Respectfully and with thanks,
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