ennie Castleton at The BC Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2010.

A daughter’s appeal on World Cancer Day (Feb. 4).

Cancer is a horrible thing – it doesn’t care who you are or how many times you’ve fought.

My mum has been diagnosed with leukemia three times. She was first diagnosed in 2007 and went through chemotherapy. Then, she relapsed in 2009 and underwent a bone marrow transplant. She was thankfully cancer free for six years, before the cancer sadly returned in November 2015.

Cancer is a horrible thing – it doesn’t care who you are or how many times you’ve fought. It’s something that impacts us all and today, World Cancer Day, is the time to start talking about what we can do to make real impact. Let’s get together and do something bigger than ourselves.

I challenged my mum when she was diagnosed again in the fall.

We made a deal. I said that I knew she would beat the cancer again and I would participate in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by Silver Wheaton, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.

It’s a 200-kilometre cycling journey throughout Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest.

Since 2009, the ride has raised over $70 million, and is the province’s largest cycling fundraiser.

I’m training by doing spin classes mostly at the moment (it’s cold outside) and getting out and riding whenever I can.

I’ll start doing longer rides when there are more hours of daylight. I’m also cross training with hiking, yoga, swimming and walking all in the mix.

This ride is something anyone can do, no matter of your fitness level.

It’s not a race, it’s a journey to conquer this disease.

And the more people who get involved, the more funds we can raise for the BC Cancer Foundation. All of these funds are immediately put to use.

If my mum can go through cancer a third time, we can complete this epic event together.

I completed my first Ride a few years ago and I thought it would be a one-time thing.

Then cancer came back into my life and I knew this was something I had to do for my mum.

Today, you can register for The Ride to Conquer Cancer for only $25 by visiting conquercancer.ca and using promo code WCD25.

You can also call 1-888-771-2453.

Come on, Surrey, we are agents of change.

See you at the finish line!

 

Jennie Castleton

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