Updated 18th September 2012
It has been an amazing journey so far! I cannot thank everyone who has supported me ENOUGH!
I have reached my goal of $10,000!!!
I'm so excited and thrilled... I feel an explosive combination being overjoyed from the bottom of my heart and being totally crazy-scared!
It's an incredible feeling to have a dream, set a goal, and then reach it! I'm grateful, humbled, relieved and still very driven and focused to make a big difference.
I have decided to raise my goal to $15,000 now, because I feel that I can still do even more fundraising work. There is so much work to be done to defeat cancer, I just can't sit back now and say "I'm done".
Thank you thank you!
You can read more about my cycling journey on my blog:
Photo: Me (Karen) and my husband (Andrew) who survived cancer in 2004
Hi everyone! My name is Karen Cheng and I'm really excited about doing this ride!
8 years ago, my husband Andrew was diagnosed with cancer. We were married, we had a 1 year old son, we had a new house... life was peachy until the news of cancer came.
After a year of uncertainty, investigations, chemotherapy, and three heart-wrenching major surgeries... he survived.
Now, 8 years later, my husband is wonderfully and miraculously - still - cancer free.
We now have 3 young boys (ages 9,7,3) and as you can imagine, life is pretty busy for us. Yet we live every day knowing how lucky and blessed we are - but also fearing the cancer returning.
When Andrew was sick, I suppressed my fear and anger, and it later turned to depression. We got through that as well, but it made me very aware of the need to react positively when bad things happening.
Since then, cancer awareness and research fundraising has been very close to my heart.
Recently, I lost my beautiful, dear friend Claire to breast cancer. She was mother to three young boys, just like me. Her funeral service was on her 40th birthday. It was losing Claire that finally made me decide to do this ride.
I am not a great cyclist, but I want to do this to do something positive about cancer.
I want to help scientists and doctors find out how to stop people's lives being taken from them, and from the ones they love.
I hope you can help me be brave, be strong, and make this happen.