The Ride to Conquer Cancer
Over a decade ago in 2009 and the inaugural year of the Ride to Conquer Cancer, I did the 2-day ride just 5 years after my brain cancer diagnosis. Myself and 3 other long term GBM survivors had created a team called the BRAINIACS and we have grown immensely in size over the years since.
My initial motivations were to contribute back to the community for, well, nothing short of saving my life. Dollars from the ride go into much needed research at BC Cancer through the BC Cancer Foundation. As a cancer researcher myself, it feels extra meaningful.
But in that first few rides, other reasons came apparent along the way. To stay in shape. To calm the mind. To help others. All good things to help make sure sure the GBM does not return. One year, in the middle of one of the ride days I was exhausted going up a steep hill. I was about to stop and take a break when I looked up and the guy in front of me had a prosthetic leg. If he can go up the hill, I certainly could I thought to myself and continued without a rest stop.
The epic ride is filled with meaning, adventure and new experiences. To ride together with other cancer survivors and those supporting friends and family. Sometime nice chats along the way, other moments in quietness. Sometimes in a group, sometimes alone. I might ride with my team in one 20-30km segment and ride with others I had never met in another. Next year's ride: Aug 28-29, 2021.
Please consider a donation.
Your donation goes a long way...most importantly contributes to much needed funding for cancer research. It also allowed me to do the ~ 220km ride over two days. It was quite the adventure this year, my first time doing the new route where we stay in Canada. And this time on a new shiny red bike as my old one was stolen earlier in the year! From Cloverdale to Hope. On the first day, issues with my bike required some time at the first pit-stop for repairs. Thankfully, unlike the last two rides, no injuries and perfect weather contribute to an amazing experience. Family met us in Hope for a nice dinner. Overall a great weekend which could not happen without you. So thank you!!