Well Hello there friendly supporter!!
This is my 5th year taking part in Seek The Peak. A 13km race that starts at Ambleside Park and ends after a climb to the Peak of Grouse Mountain. 4100 fun feet of elevation gain! June 16th is race day this year! Father’s Day how fitting
I chose this race that first year on a whim, a personal goal that I had as I started to lose weight.
Since I started participating in this event I have raised over $15,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. In 2017 I raised over $10,000 of that amount with your help!!!
Two years ago, right as training for the race was about to start we found out that my dad had Pancreatic cancer. During that time, training and fundraising gave me something to focus on, something that was within my power when it felt like so much was up in the air. It has been one hell of a year for our family, most especially my dad.
Dad went through countless tests and unconfirmed biopsies before they decided to try to remove the tumor. That operation happened 2 days after Race day, he came through with flying colours, and while they got most of the tumour, a small portion was left behind due to its location. So at the beginning of September he started 6 months of chemo. The next step began mid March - 6 weeks (25 treatments) of radiation. He battled through both and we were very lucky as there were no major side effects or complications.
You’d think after all that maybe we’d be done, but while his body heals we wait until he can go for blood work and ultrasounds to find out if all that treatment did what we hoped it would do.
Seeing first hand the care and support that is out there in the medical community and the services that were available to us and to dad, especially the Cancer Care Lodge in Victoria, right down to Angel Flights that helped him get to and from Campbell river to Victoria for radiation. Seeing first hand the equipment that is needed to speed up diagnosing and treating, the time and agony that families go through waiting to find out what is happening. Seeing first hand the top notch care that the surgeons and doctors give with limited resources... I now see very clearly what the funds raised can go towards - new diagnostic machines, research, earlier detection. EARLIER DETECTION. I cannot say that enough, especially with Pancreatic cancer.. It is far too often caught way too late and as one of the big 5 it needs so much more research.
During training and in the months following I saw 3 people I care about deeply lose family members to cancer. All types. I saw my dad's good friend beat Prostate cancer. I saw my aunts partner finish chemo and get the all clear. My heart has broken and been given hope so many times in this past year.
While dad is fighting strong two years later, This year I’ve found out a very close family friend who has known my parents once before I was born and who was integral in helping mom and dad during dad’s diagnosis also has cancer. And quite frankly I’m not okay with that
My dad is my biggest cheerleader and quite honestly, my hero. I will continue to take part in this race, not just for the community and what it brings to my life personally - but because I know what it could potentially bring to my friends families, my family, your family in your time of need.
If you've made it this far, thank you for visiting. However you can help is SO appreciated.