Welcome to my Fundraising Page - dedicated to my Dad, Ray!
This year im running the half-marathon with my boyfriend, Andy. We are both running for people near and dear to us who have been affected by cancer.
Cancer impacts all of us, at one point in our life or another. It’s inevitable.
You dismiss any thought of something like this ever happening up until the very moment it impacts you or someone you love. And you never expect this news, especially when it happens to someone as fit, youthful, vibrant and otherwise healthy as my 60-year old Dad, Ray. You’re never ready for it, and it’s especially true when it’s a cancer diagnosis as rare as plasmacytoid urothelial carcinoma.
This very unusual type of bladder cancer – one characterized by aggressive metastasis and poor prognosis – has only really been a part of the oncology vernacular for about the last 20 years. Symptoms for this aggressive variant are often late to present – and usually, diagnosis comes much too late to give anyone a real chance of fighting it. There’s little consensus of how to treat it, and because of its nature, treatment is often focused on how to manage symptoms versus how to cure it.
But none of this has ever mattered for my Dad. He’s met this life “speed bump” with a positive attitude and unwavering belief in the role a positive outlook has to play in a battle such as this.
Luckily, his cancer was caught early – maybe even earlier than any case I’ve ever read about – which has set him up in the best possible position to cure this for good. And while this is truly fortunate, it’s impossible to not acknowledge that he chose this mindset long before any of us knew how fortunate he was to have been given a real shot to beat this. And I truly believe it’s helped, because in May, following months of chemotherapy and an 8-hour bladder surgery, we were given the news his body is cancer-free!
The Scotiabank half-marathon is a great opportunity for me to raise awareness for what a positive mindset, healthy lifestyle and holistic approach to cancer treatment can do; even when the deck is stacked against you. I would be so grateful if you would consider donating towards my efforts to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. There are so many out there who could benefit from the work they do for early diagnosis, cancer research and holistic management of cancer – all of which are areas that have contributed towards helping my Dad beat his cancer.
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it. So choose to attack things with a positive mindset. My Dad did - it’s been contagious, and it’s contributed in more ways than I can ever describe in his story of fighting, and beating, cancer.
I love you, Dad!
(Special shoutout to my brother, Joe, for writing 99% of this message. He's a much better writer than I am...)