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This will be my 4th year cycling from Kelowna to Delta in one day over the Coquihalla. It’s the 15th year of this event and the last year “in this format”. I am not sure what that means other than I have one more shot at making this epic journey.
Every year I have participated in this event has been filled with learning – at first about the physical challenge of training and riding this distance but with each additional year of participation, I find the journey is becoming more inward. On the training side it is about digging deeper – it’s cycling up a long hill and reaching the maximum effort I think I can sustain until my mind says I can’t keep going and finding the will inside to do just that – not unlike how a cancer patient must feel as they undergo yet another nauseating round of chemo because for them, quitting is not an option. Surrounding myself with people who are so devoted to this cause, many because they’ve actually been there (had cancer) and earned the yellow jersey (survived) has taught me to look at this stage of my life not as a downhill “loss” of ability or possibility but rather as an opportunity to give back and try to be the best version of myself that I can be. What can I say, this group and this ride inspires me.
Last year I was riding knowing that my husband’s sister was battling leukemia – thanks to advances in treatments, she is now cancer free. This year we found out that my husband’s high school friend has just been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Even our ten year old portie is facing the end of his happy life due to cancer.
We could let ourselves be defeated by such bad news or we can do something positive to change the story for the next person who faces a cancer diagnosis and with your love and support that is exactly what Hugh and I have been trying to do the past 3 years. So I know it’s a lot to ask (because I’ve already done it 3 times before) but I am hoping you will join us for another year of creating hope.
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