Cancer sucks! I used to feel I knew that fact pretty well after watching dear friends, family, and colleagues deal with cancer. But nothing prepared me for how true that statement is until my own Dad's diagnosis in the summer.
Our whole family has struggled to understand how and why this has happened, but between appointments, hospital stays, and weeks of waiting, we just hope and pray and cross our fingers for good news. So far, my Dad has had 7 rounds of chemo and 20 days of radiation and continues to be the patient patient.
I have always felt lucky that my husband, our two children and I live next door to my parents. This is a true blessing when you need childcare, a can of diced tomatoes to make dinner, and help with cleaning, or want to hang out and play cards on a Saturday night. Our family's identity is based on this proximity and Mom and Dad's selfless support.
While they have always offered to do everything possible to help us, there is unfortunately very little I can do to help with my Dad's cancer treatment. I'd like to think that raising money through RUN4HOPE and running (or more likely jogging) the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon is one small thing I can try.
I hope that I can inspire or appeal to your generosity to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada in British Columbia. We have benefited from their expertise over the past 6 months. For example, they provide education (like Patient Conferences -- one of which I attended in September), resources, and most importantly, conduct much-needed research to cure and offer options to patients with blood cancers. Because my Dad's version of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is rare, research into treatment options, like CAR-T cell therapy, is needed. Ultimately, I hope that no family or person has to face cancer, but if they do, I wish that the research, treatment options, and support they need is available to help them. You can help make that possible through your financial support.
Thank you for considering your donation and know that I will cross the finish line after 21.1 km on May 5 because of you and my Dad.
With love and gratitude,