I am participating in Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Recently, I was notified that a dear friend passed away from Cancer. Much was done and still this disease is all around us and takes us, and I believe it ignites a great deal of fear in each of us.
In June, I offered to shave my head in a conversation with Dane Nicolson, a Victoria police officer, thinking that I could help focus some attention to the Tour de Rock effort which has been a long standing effort of various community Police to ride the length and breadth of Vancouver Island. Tour de Rock raises funds towards pediatric cancer research and support programs. I shaved my head for Tour de Rock 13 years ago when my granddaughter was born, you can see that picture of us baldies above to prove it! I am proud to once again shear my multi-coloured locks in support of this venture.
I experienced first hand the power of community support this summer. Our grandson, the youngest of five— and an agile climber—and bit of a surprise to all the other children for his quick movements and determination, fell out of a window onto concrete on the evening of July 6th and was badly injured. His poor little body was taken to Nanaimo General Trauma Care, and a few hours later, he was transferred by helicopter to BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver. So many people, prayed, and supported and surged towards us with help as we were overwhelmed with worry. I now know first hand the kind of horror that parents and families face on first finding out about cancer in young children. It is so hard to keep calm, yet there is this fabulous system available through our medical community for the help that this little body needed.
I am so grateful that today he is yelling orders at all of us as we tend to his needs, and he is so evidently lucky. He will recover, (though he will not be playing any contact sports) but hearing him say: "Hi Mom," and "Hi Dad," when the tube was removed from his body made all of us weep with joy.
Please donate to the Tour de Rock as much as you are comfortable giving, because this care is expensive, needed and without the support programs, the burden on these families is so much heavier in the long run. There will be three of us in the Qualicum Town Square on August 25th having our heads shaved—and yes, we are doing this to raise money, awareness and support for these Cops that ride, and these children and families that need our support.
The money raised from this event helps fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.
Please pledge me and help me reach my fundraising goal! Every pledge takes us one step further in the fight against cancer. Online pledging is secure and it saves the Canadian Cancer Society money by reducing administrative costs.
Thanks for your support!
My Personal bLop