My Ride to conquer cancer

The BC ride to Conquer Cancer is a 200km 2 day ride through the Pacific Northwest to raise money and awareness of Cancer Research.  I entered into the 2011 ride to help raise funds and as a motivator to improve my own health and well being.

On December 3rd this year I lost my Mother-in-Law to liver cancer.  It was a shock to see how quickly it overtook her and to learn how little could be done to help her so I wanted to do something to help the people researching treatments and cures.  Many people are helped by these efforts already but there is so much more work to be done.

This page will update my training and fund raising efforts in the new year.  I hope it will serve as inspiration for others wishing to contribute to an event like this or to just do something for themselves and their own health.

Jane Patterson

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2 Responses to My Ride to conquer cancer

  1. just1jane says:

    Ok,

    Bit of a late start with weather, illness and travel for work. I am officially back into regular riding as of this last weekend. It is not nearly as glamorous as I remember it and that is probably due to the fact that I was in my 20s the last time around. Everything is easier in your 20s (except maybe getting a mortgage). To back up a bit, I used to train in every spare moment I had for racing and the ultimate goal of making it to the Olympics!

    The Olympics! Who else but someone in their teens or 20s would think that could really be possible? Now I just have to remind myself not to compare what I can do now to what I used to be able to do. My goal is to get fit, raise money for a good cause and hopefully show other people my age that is never too late to change your lifestyle for the better.

  2. just1jane says:

    Last year did not work out as I planned. It turns out that there are so many people in this ride that it is quite difficult to get people to part with their hard-earned dollars and donate just because one has decided to take up a worthy cause. I didn’t raise enough to qualify for the ride but I added a small amount to the overall total, and for that I am happy.
    This year I had a chance to sign up for free and jumped at the chance. Some personal health setbacks put me in the hospital for 3 weeks and in bed for a month after. Now that I am back on track I am ready to give this another go, even if I have to donate my minimum on my own.

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