May 23, 2020 marks 15 years since my dad, Rob Leviton, died from a neuroendocrine carcinoma. It was exactly 3 months from the day of diagnosis to the day he died from this aggressive form of cancer.
My dad was an avid triathlete. He completed 15 Ironman Canada races in Penticton, BC (in addition to the Ironman races he completed in South Africa). One of his dreams, to qualify for the Ironman World Championships, came true in 2001. My mom and dad flew to Kona where my dad got to live out his dream and complete the Hawaiian Ironman. He qualified again in 2003.
If you ask his fellow triathletes about him they won't speak of the Ironman triathlons he completed. They will speak about the countless people he motivated, and helped train, so they too could complete an Ironman triathlon.
My dad was not only a triathlete. He was a loving husband, father, and brother. He was a regular blood and platelet donor, and was recognized by Canadian Blood Services for his numerous years of donations. One of the things that bothered my dad the most about his diagnosis was that he would not be able to donate blood while undergoing chemo.
As I continue to exercise every day in the month of May to raise money for research to find a cure for this devestating illness, please show your support by making a donation today. (There is an option to direct your donation to the BC Cancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund).