My dad, Karim Kurji was full of life and he thoroughly loved his life. He had a wicked sense of humor, managed to charm everyone, was nothing less than a complete style icon and was deeply loved. He always thought of others and dedicated his time and efforts toward helping those around him and bringing a smile to their faces. January 2020, my dad was diagnosed with a rare form of Multiple Myeloma, and sadly at just 55-years-old, he passed away three weeks ago. We went from being a family that knew little to nothing about cancer to knowing the heartbreaking toll this disease takes on any family. As a family, we found strength in appreciating the time we spent together and living in the moment – whether that meant trying on new outfits at midnight or sitting together with popcorn and watching Tokyo and Rio in Money Heist.
When my dad first got diagnosed after going to the hospital for back pain, my mom stared at the doctor with fear in her eyes and whispered “what is multiple myeloma… that doesn't sound like a back fracture”. We were immediately thrown into a short-lived journey that included, chemotherapy, radiation, numerous scans, blood transfusions and tests, biopsies and many more interventions. My dad fought heroically, but unfortunately lost his battle to his cancer. We want to ensure that in the future, other families do not have to endure what we did and want to support cancer research in hopes that more treatments and interventions will be available.
Therefore, this May I’m participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer to get moving in honour of my dad and in support of many other BC Cancer patients. I'm joining others across the province and beyond to move, no matter where we are, every single day of the month. This challenge is more than exercise, it's about joining a community who know that together we can make an impact for those we love and have loved.
So, as I get ready to sweat my way through May, please show your support by making a donation today.