Hello and welcome to my personal page! I hope, after reading this, you will be inspired enough to donate to this very important cause.
Unfortunately, most people these days have a sad story to tell about cancer. And here is mine.....
My family and friends mean the world to me. My family are my everything. In 2006, my world crashed down around me when I had my first contact with cancer ....
In July (2006) my dad was hospitalised with terrible pain in his back and leg. It was discovered he had a tumour on his spine and upon further investigation, it was also in his lung and liver.
After finding out that it had spread to his brain, my dad had radiotherapy treatment which cleared it, therefore leaving him to concentrate on having Chemotherapy to treat the very agressive cancer in his lung and liver.
He continued to astound us with the strength and determination he showed while fighting this disease. I watched and felt helpless as cancer consumed my big, strong, beautiful dad and I couldn't do a thing about it.
After just 14 weeks, in November 2006 a part of me died with my beloved dad.
In October 2010, just as things were starting to get easier with the loss of my dad, my mum started having trouble breathing. It was discovered that she had a tumour in her lung and the doctors assured us they were quite positive that it was a very aggressive, terminal cancer. She was admitted to hospital to help with her breathing, while waiting for an appointment with the specialist to confirm the severity of the cancer.
After two days in hospital, my mum had a Pulmonary Embolism which caused her to stop breathing. After the tireless efforts of the hospital staff, they brought my mum back, but she was in a coma and they didn't expect her to wake up.
As I sat in bewilderment at how quickly things had spiralled out of control, I had never felt so helpless...
Thankfully, due to my mum's strength and determination, she woke up to talk to us, only to pass away quietly two days later. My head was in a spin as my world was obliterated once again - this time cancer only took one week to take the most important person in my life away from me.
I feel like I have been grieving now for 6 years straight. But, with the help of some of my wonderful friends I have met through bootcamp, I am going to participate in this Ride to Conquer Cancer, and I am going to do it not just for my mum and dad, but for all of those wonderful, courageous people out there who have suffered (or watched someone they know/love suffer) at the hands of this terrible disease.
Cancer is cruel and unrelenting - and nobody is safe from it. We need to do all we can to find a way to beat this disease, and I hope you will join me in this very important quest. I will be riding 200km, from Perth to Mandurah and back again over two days.
It's going to be challenging in a number of ways, but with your generosity, a real impact will be made!
Please contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Every little bit counts - and remember, anything over the amount of $2.00 is tax deductible!
Just so you know, funds raised in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer will support groundbreaking, critical cancer research being undertaken at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, Western Australias premier adult medical research institute, investigating the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases.
For those of you who are reading this and knew either my mum or dad, I am confident that the impact they had on your lives will compel you to donate to this cause in their honour.
I know that my story isn't any more special than anyone else's out there - they are all special stories, and I'm certainly nobody special because I am doing this ride. I'm just someone who has lost so much to this disease and I don't want to feel helpless anymore.
So, if you can, please help me do this. I need to raise at least $2,500.00 - but I would love to raise much more than that. It's very easy - just follow the prompts on this page to donate by credit card, or contact me if you would prefer to donate in any other way, such as cash, or any products or services you can offer in aid of my fundraising.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story.