May has come back around - which means Workout to Conquer Cancer is back!
It's the month where I’ll be joining hundreds of others across the province as we get moving every single day of the month in support of cancer research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer.
In 1993 I survived ovarian cancer at the age of 15. Treatment was surgery followed by chemotherapy. I want to honour and give thanks to the many staff in Velindre hospital, South Wales, who helped me through to remission.
In the years since my cancer journey began, research has made great strides. Those receiving a cancer diagnosis today might have better survival rates; they might have better options for treatments - less invasive surgery or less toxic drugs; there's better understanding of how nutrition and exercise can help recovery and life "after cancer"; and research continues to make great strides into early detection and even prevention.
I'm committing to fundraising through Workout to Conquer Cancer, because I believe we can make a significant contribution to the world-class research conducted by the clinicians and scientists at BC Cancer. Their work is providing exciting new evidence that is changing the way cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
And as we continue to research - there will be even more breakthroughs, till eventually cancer becomes a manageable disease, and not a death sentence.
I want to build on last year - so I'm setting my target to $1,500. I know I can do it with your support! So, as I lace up my shoes, fill up my water bottle and get ready to sweat my way through May, please show your support by making a donation today.