I did it!
Welcome to my Personal Page! For those of you who sponsored me last year - a HUGE thank you! For those of you who are new to this, let me explain briefly what the ride is.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada's Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with the blood, sweat and tears of the riders, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
I did the ride this past June and lived to talk about it! It was hard - OH SO HARD - at times. My butt muscles would cramp up, I was popping Tylenol like candy on the second day, and I had my share of tears and uncertainty in my ability to carry on. But carry on I did, thinking of how my pain, tears and fears were so very small compared to those of someone facing a cancer diagnosis.
But as well as being hard, it was also INCREDIBLE. All the riders were so supportive to each other; the excitement and enthusiasm in the crowds around me was palatable. For two days I was surrounded by an amazing group of people and I was eager to sign up and ride again.
And I am very glad I did. This year I have been meeting more and more people who have had their lives affected by cancer: co-workers who have survived breast cancer, a family whose little girl is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, a close friend who has found love with someone currently battling breast and liver cancer. It attacks at every level and no one is safe.
I am riding because I FIRMLY believe that not only CAN I make a difference, but that I HAVE to. I refuse to sit back and say "somebody should do something." I am fighting for a cancer free future for my family and yours. So many advances have been made, and there are so many wonderful things to come. But without the funding in place, many of the breakthroughs that are on the horizon may not be brought into being. I don't want that to happen.
Now, as anyone who knows me is aware, I am not in the greatest of shape at the moment. But I was not in the greatest of shape for the last ride and it did NOT stop me. I rode on a cruiser style bike with only 9 gears and was among the last to finish each day, but finish I did!
This year I have a faster lighter bike with 27 gears and thinner tires. The difference is AMAZING! I also plan on starting my training much earlier and getting into far better shape. My goal for the ride itself is to not climb into any vehicle to get past the hills.
My goal for fundraising is to make it to $5000.00. I know this sounds like A LOT of money, but with a lot of money, a lot of good can be done! I know a lot of wonderful people, and if each of those wonderful people gave even $50, I would surpass my goal! So please, won't you be wonderful?
Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care made possible through BC Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and care.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Love to you all! Lory