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 created a team for that ride 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 for over 20 years, 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, now known as Tour de Cure, is filled with meaning, adventure and new experiences. To ride together with other cancer survivors and those supporting friends and family is so inspirational. Sometime nice chats along the way, other moments in quietness. Sometimes in a group, sometimes alone. I might ride with my team in one or more 20-30km segments, ride with others I had never met before, or ride completely on my own in deep thought. This year's ride: Aug 27, 2022.
We have raised over $3.2 million since our inception!
Please consider a donation:
previously known as:
The Ride to Conquer Cancer
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!!