Welcome to Mark Hendren's Fundraising Page
Hello everyone, and thanks for visiting.
My name is Mark and I'm honored to be a part of this year's Cops for Cancer Tour De Rock Team. I am proud to ride with my team mates, who include a diverse group of people to Celebrate the Tour's 20th anniversary, including 18 police officers, 2 fire fighters, 2 paramedics, 2 media representatives and a dedicated community supporter.
I am also thankful to have the special privelege of riding the Tour with my brother, Ryan, who is one of the BC Ambulance Paramedics who is himself a survivor of Leukemia. Ryan fought his way through draining chemotherapy, watching daily the clinical counts of his various blood markers to gain hope of improvement, celebrating a birthday while too weak to get out of bed, but he emerged and remains Cancer free to this day. I saw first hand the effect this terrible disease has on its Victims and their families, but have also witnessed the joy and release that comes with successful treatment and remission. I have also seen the loss that comes with an unsuccessful fight, as experienced by my loving grandmother many years ago, and I hope one day this is an outcome that will be eradicated from our understanding.
Nevertheless, children and families continue to be plagued by Cancer and its effects. My Junior Rider named Alex is a vibrant 5 year old who loves soccer, swimming and most of all rough housing with his two brothers Evan and Jens. Up until the end of April 2016, he was a completely healthy thriving little boy. Within a week, he went from the soccer field to being air-lifted to the Intensive Care Unit at BC Children’s Hospital where he spent two weeks fighting for his life. From there, he was moved to the Oncology Ward spending the next 6 months undergoing treatment. Alex returned home in October of 2016 and has remained in remission, though every bump, sore stomach and skin blemish present constant worry for his wonderful parents.
That is where you come in.
Any money that you can donate today, can help improve the future for children such as Alex and his family. Cancer treatments have improved over the years, but there is still so much work to be done, and that work costs money.
Your donation also goes to send a kid to camp. Camp Goodtimes offers children with Cancer, and their families, an opportunity to escape and to be, well, kids. It is a safe place for them to run, jump, get dirty, and be themselves, free from the shadow of cancer for at least a little while.
I ask you therefore to think what you can spare from your tight budgets to support the children around you. Help send one of them who is sick to a place where they can escape. Help fund research which will make this disease a trivial annoyance, and not a sentence of doom.
Thank you so much for reading, and for whatever donation you can make.
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