I formed “Geminis Dream Team", a sailing crew who set sail away from cancer, and planned to raise funds in support of the BC Cancer Foundation!
On July 1st, 2018, sisters Shannon Rae and Nicole Speckmaier, the owners of the 44' Jeanneau sailing yacht “Geminis Dream”, and their all-female crew, untied the dock lines and departed from Victoria to begin the 2,300 nautical mile “Vic-Maui" International Yacht Race to the tropics of Hawaii! (that’s 4,200 kilometers or 2,650 “regular” miles!)
This team of strong women, which also included Elaine Dumoulin, Karri Alderson, Lizzie Whetstone, and Marisha Schaefer, were to go sailing for 14 days towards paradise, yet alongside thoughts of those who have been lost to cancer, are trials of adversity that we know so well, and we found ourselves turning back, due to a mechanical failure, yes, taking another route...alas not yet to paradise....but back home, along with the many colors of ribbons on the stern of the boat, there as reminders of the very brave...
Together, the “Dream Team” has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 – with 100% of the funds raised going directly to BC Cancer, allowing the amazing research teams to continue working towards curing cancer...thus ending the physical and emotional devastation it causes....we are still working on our goal and are more than half way there!
The Skipper Shannon’s Story
“Three years ago, I was given a second chance at life, as my rare and aggressive ovarian cancer was confronted by the oncological superstars Dr. Dianne Miller & Dr. Jessica McAlpine, doctors specializing in the clear cell type of cancer that I am lucky enough to have run from....it is their skills, (and my own luck!)...that I give thanks for, every single day.
When I was first told I might have a year to live, one of my first thoughts was "and I have not even sailed to Hawaii yet"!
As a sailor, the Vic-Maui international yacht race has always been a dream of mine, and even though I have not yet reached this goal, I have a goal of raising funds for those who help us in the fight, every day...
Please join me as I still work to raise funds to reach my goal of $10,000....
I now volunteer at the BC Cancer Agency to give back some of the strength I am again so lucky to have, so those facing what I have faced, know that there are those of us who will be there for them, as I truly know what they are going through (let me show you my radiation tattoos!)...and seeing the dedicated staff and volunteers who work so hard in the fight to end cancer, I want to help with the funds that are needed for these battles.
Because I am so very lucky to be here today, I want to share my strength to help those who need it, (maybe a friend, family, someone I do not know, or even you)…as I truly believe that, due to luck, dedication and the strong wills of many, I am still here to help those who may be weary...”
Your gift of any size is appreciated and will always be part of making a huge difference in the work the amazing researchers are doing as they work towards giving us the power to stop cancer. As a donor, you will also have a direct impact towards improvements to the care provided to cancer patients in B.C.
(an income tax receipt for the full amount of your donation will be sent to you!)