Who Does Team Graham Tour For?

Trevor Harrington, Senior Project Manager and long-time employee at Graham Construction, has worked with the company for over 17 years. The father of four young kids enjoys all forms of biking, camping, hunting and fly-fishing with his family. Not only is he a busy, hard-working father, but in his spare time, he is an academic, working on his Ph.D. in Engineering.

Trevor HarinstonTrevor and the Graham Construction team has participated in the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer for the past five years. And have raised over $137,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “I look forward to it every year, and it’s been a pleasure to be a part of the committee,” says Trevor. Trevor Tours in honour of his late grandfather, who he was very close to. He also Tours for his father, who is currently diagnosed with Leukemia.

“He is doing well, but only because of the continuing care of the Cross Cancer Institute,” says Trevor. “I also tour for my kids so that hopefully they will have a cancer-free future.”

Trevor, who has been working with Enbridge on construction projects for the past ten years, sees the Tour as a great way to show their support, team building and raising money for a great cause. He also enjoys biking, which helps him put on the miles.

On August 28th, Trevor will be camping with his family in Jasper and plans on cycling the 100km Maligne Lake Road. “It will be an epic ride….especially on the way back down the mountain [and yes,] I will be packing bear spray,” says Trevor.

Trevor is excited to be a part of this year’s re-branded event and playing a role in all the hard work done by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the committee, and all of the participating teams. “The past year has been hard for the event, and I look forward to building momentum this year and growing our team and fundraising efforts,” says Trevor.

We thank Trevor and Team Graham Construction for their constant support and contribution to the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Thank you for going the distance on the Tour and in the cancer centres.


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Who does Team KPMG Tour For?

Team KPMG is passionate about the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Through the Tour, Employees at KPMG have raised over $ 827,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in the last 12 years. Team KPMG started small with only a handful of riders, and with the support of dedicated captains and members, the team has grown substantially to well over 50 people. Today, Team KPMG is led by co-captains Chris Marra and Curtis Lester.

Chris Marra is an Enterprise Partner at KPMG in Calgary. The father of two (and one on the way) is originally from Victoria, BC but considers Calgary home now. His first introduction to the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer (formerly known as the Alberta Ride to Conquer cancer) was in 2009 when he participated in the BC Ride to Conquer cancer. A couple of years after moving to Calgary, Chris learned about how involved KPMG Alberta is in the Tour and decided to join a couple of friends and participate in his first Alberta ride in 2011.

“I trained for the Tour but didn’t realize how hard it was to cycle in the Prairies. Everyone thinks the Prairies is flat. It is not flat. I remember the 2011 Ride, and it was a beautiful Saturday, unbelievably gorgeous. However, the next day we woke up to a torrential downpour, and I was suffocating for 90 kilometres because I couldn’t breathe in the rain, but soon after, it cleared up and got better. That was my first Alberta ride, and I have done every other Tour since then,” says Chris.

This year will be his eighth time participating in the Tour. He has been the team KPMG captain for the last three years and is excited to carry forward the foundation set by former members. For Curtis Lester, co-captain of Team KPMG and the KPMG Tax Practice leader in Calgary, this will be his fifth year participating.

Curtis finds the inspiration and motivation to take on the cycling challenge simply because he is part of such an important cause. “Cancer has been around my entire lifetime, and I have seen far too many leave us too soon due to this disease. With our support, there have been incredible advancements in cancer research and treatment of patients. I would love to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime. The movement of the people and strength in numbers is what keeps me coming back. It’s nice to see what we can accomplish when we work together for a common goal,” he says.

A personal connection to cancer is also what motivated Chris year after year. His father and some of his friends have been affected by cancer. More recently, his mother-in-law was re-diagnosed with cancer in 2020.

“I picture myself in their shoes, and it reinforces the purpose for me. The Tour represents the ability to connect with what those facing cancer are going through and validate their struggle. It symbolizes that we are there to support them in whatever way we can, and that’s why I have always really connected with it,” he says.

Curtis will be taking part in the Tour Alberta this year in Vancouver, as he helps his daughter move to university. He will be joined by his 14 year old son, Julian, who has been riding with him for four years now and likes to challenge dad to keep up.

Gearing up for the Tour

When asked if he has any tips for first-time participants, Curtis notes the importance of stretching before and after cycling. “It makes a massive difference for recovery. Basic bike maintenance is also key (e.g. bike is in good working order, tires are aired up, chain is lubed, and the frame is nice and shiny). Lastly, safety first and try to stay off of busy roads or at least avoid rush hour. Helmets and front and taillights are essential in my view,” he says.

Chris suggests that if people want to experiment for the first time and maximize the number of kilometres they cover, they should consider riding in the hills as much as they can. In Calgary, he suggests the Northwest area, “The Bears paw and Cochrane area have plenty of excellent routes that beginners can cycle on which will allow you to get acquainted with the foothills of the city,” he says.

Starting a Team

For those thinking of starting a team for the Tour, Chris advises to start small and build from there.

“It helps to start with one or two more people and getting the word out. If you are looking to inspire your family, friends or colleagues to join your team, it’s important to highlight that this is a Tour, not a race. I think everybody thinks that it’s a race, but it’s not. It is about connecting with the journey that other people are on and helping support people with cancer and their families by fundraising,” notes Chris.

Chris believes that Team KPMG’s inclusivity played a big part in the growth of their team over the years.

“Here at KPMG, we haven’t limited the team to just our friends, family, colleagues, or our clients. We have always brought other people in who share and understand what the purpose of the Tour is. You don’t just have to be an employee of KPMG to be part of the team,” he says.

On August 28th, Team KPMG plans to carry out a virtual experiment and divide the sub-teams into multiple courses throughout Calgary. They are diligent about their team members and want them to make it a personalized experience based on their fitness levels. Their main goal is to focus on getting out there and bring people together rather than placing importance on how many kilometres they cover.

“We plan to make the Tour accessible for everyone based on their fitness abilities. This year is a great opportunity to get out and test that,” notes Chris.

For smaller teams, he suggests collaborating with the big teams when it comes to training:

“If you are a small team, we are happy to have you come out and train with us at any point in time. As teams, we are always there to support and help people along the way,” says Chris.

“We are just excited to get out there and support those who are going through cancer because their journey has never stopped. I’m also excited about the new brand and wearing the new jersey this year,” notes Chris.

Chris signs off on a hopeful note while reinstating the value of donating. “From a donor’s perspective, the best way to do it is to get out and support people. You never know when you’re going to find yourself in need. Who knows how that donation might one day impact you or a family member? Every little bit helps. So please donate as much as you can to the cause or any team you would like to support.”

We thank Chris, Curtis and team KPMG for their constant support and contribution to the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Thank you for going the distance on the Tour and in the cancer centres.

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Who does Team Tundra Tour For?

Team captains Blaine Barnes and Ashlee Upton share why Team Tundra gives back to Albertans facing cancer.

Blaine Barnes has been with Tundra Process Solutions for almost 20 years. In that time, he got to witness the journey and evolution of the company and recalls how when the opportunity came to support the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer (formerly known as the Enbridge Alberta Ride to Conquer cancer), there was no hesitation on their part as it aligned with their core values as an organization – of giving back to the community.

Blaine BarnesAshlee Upton

Blaine started Team Tundra in 2016.

“There were only four of us riding the first year, but even then we’ve always had additional support from staff. If you’ve done the ride before, you’ve probably seen or heard some of our trucks, decorated with a ton of spirit, or loudly pumping music out of speakers in the box as they drive alongside you on the route,” he says.

Ashlee Upton, Client Liaison & Sales Support Lead at Tundra, takes pride in being a part of an organization that comes together for the greater community. “The culture at Tundra Process Solutions truly raises the bar. We are a strong group of individuals who thrive off our connections and genuinely enjoy doing things together. Because of this, the team organically created itself and has been evolving ever since!” she says.

Why Tour?

Ashlee will be riding in the memory of her Uncle Gary, who passed away in 2018 from pancreatic cancer. “Tour Alberta in and of itself is an incredibly inspiring fundraiser. Just looking at photos from years past, I cannot help but get emotional. The energy and love that resonates from this event are above any I have ever seen and has fueled my desire to participate and get pedalling finally,” mentions Ashlee.

Uncle Gary

A personal connection to cancer also motivated Blaine to start team Tundra and continue supporting the event every year. “Cancer has affected us all in one way, shape, or form. I lost grandparents, an uncle, and Tundra teammates to cancer. I’ve also been fortunate to see family members and friends fight it and beat it. But I’ve also watched friends and teammates lose loved ones to cancer. It sucks, and it’s heartbreaking. The Tour is just a great way to give back because it’s helping the people and the communities that we serve every day. It’s also helping our friends, our families and our team. It might be cancer research, or it could be one of the community cancer centres in rural areas, but we know that what we make a difference right here in Alberta,” says Blaine.

Starting a Team

Both Ashlee and Blaine’s advice for those looking to start a Tour team with their friends or colleagues is to get out there and start.

“Get the ball rolling, be the advocate of inspiration, and people will join – sometimes a first voice is all that is required to generate involvement!” notes Ashlee.

“Just sign up. And then ask others to sign up with you. But don’t procrastinate. Taking the first step and signing up is a great way to kick things off. If you don’t have a bike, no problem. Sign up and find one later. If you don’t feel like you’re in good enough shape to do the ride, no problem. Sign up and start practicing and doing training rides. And when it comes to fundraising, just ask. Just reach out to your network and ask. So many people are so hesitant or nervous about asking for help – and you shouldn’t be – because it’s for an amazing cause, an amazing organization, and will produce amazing results right here at home,” says Blaine.

Gearing Up

This year, Team Tundra will cycle along the Foothills in Calgary, “We love the scenery and the challenge of some of those hills. We’re planning on a ride that’s at least 80 kilometres in length,” says Blaine.

This year will be Ashlee’s first time participating in the Tour. “I am one of the folks taking on this challenge for the first time, and to be honest, I am going full tortoise; slow and steady. I purchased my first road bike and have been touring my community and local parks as often as possible when it is not 30+ degrees outside. I am just going full gusto with kindness in my heart and a goal of making it to the end no matter how long it takes me!”

“As a first-time rider, I am following in the footsteps – or should I say cycle tread marks – of all the incredible participants on my team who have the experience and route knowledge that I lack. I am excited to get out there and show that route who’s the boss!” says Ashlee.

Blaine encourages first-time riders to train at their own pace and gradually build up their distance over time. “The Tour is not a race. Riding a bike is all about enjoying the scenery, enjoying the challenge of a good hill climb, and the feeling of cruising down a hill after you just climbed for too long. Make sure your bike is set up properly. Then go out and enjoy the ride,” he says.

Blain and Ashlee are grateful to everyone involved in making the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer a success.

“Getting the Tour Alberta up and running was no small feat. Due to the events of the past year, the Alberta Cancer Foundation had to find a way to make this happen, and they did. I want to give a huge shout-out to all the people behind the scenes who are making this Tour a reality. It takes a huge effort to create something this big, so a big thanks to everyone involved – whether you’re on a bike or not,” says Blaine.

“My gratitude to all those involved with The Tour, from conception to ongoing components that keep this fundraiser alive. To everyone fighting for themselves or fighting in the name of others, I commend you,” notes Ashlee.

We thank Ashlee and Team Tundra for their constant support and contribution to the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Thank you for supporting cancer research and care delivered by Albertans for Albertans.

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Ben Tsui

Ben Tsui has been a participant of the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer (formerly known as the Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer) since 2018. However, Ben has been helping his corporate team behind-the-scenes since 2016. This year, he is excited about the rebranding and hopes to carry forward the same excitement and energy, while making this tradition a uniquely-Alberta event.

Ben has three different groups that inspire him to keep coming back, continue cycling and fundraising for the Tour:

“ I tour for my Mom, my Mother-in-law, and other family and friends who have fought cancer and won, so I tour for the survivors. I have also lost family and dear friends who succumbed to their battle with cancer, so I ride for those who are no longer with us. Finally, I selfishly ride for me, and the reminder of how lucky I am to also be a survivor, and a “poster boy” for the benefits of early detection and action,” recalls Ben.

He was diagnosed with a tumor in his parotid (salivary) gland. Ben stresses the importance of self-detection while scheduling early detection as he found a lump while shaving and a needle biopsy confirmed his doubts.

“While surgical removal was the “right” course of action, it was deemed risky due to how close some facial nerves were, and there was a caution of some facial paralysis being a possibility. Thankfully, I had a very gifted surgeon who was able to remove the tumor without impacting any of the nerves in that area,” remembers Ben.

He appreciates his cancer care team at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, who diligently scheduled his regular team consultations and yearly check-ups, which allowed Ben to proudly carry the “survivor” badge and resume his life once again. His now largely faded scars are a visual reminder of this and how far he has come in his cancer journey.

Ben plans to tour on August 28th by riding along the Bow Valley pathway (Highway 1), if the weather permits.

“It is a glorious stretch of road and should be on every cyclist’s must-do list. Last year, I rode from Canmore to Lake Louise and back for an Imperial Century (100 miles, or 160 km), and would like to do that again,” reminisces Ben while talking about his previous year’s Tour experience.

He is a year-round cyclist and a cycle commuter, a promise Ben made to himself as a means to be more healthy post his cancer treatment. For those new to the challenge, he recommends two things:

“ Get in the saddle time as your backside needs more training than any other part of your body if you’re riding a long distance, and regardless of the distance you chose, break it up into smaller pieces (e.g. for a 100km ride, think of it as four 25km rides with a nice break in between each),” notes Ben.

For the past three years (2018-2020), Ben has raised about $20,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation by participating in the Tour Alberta event.

His advice for those fundraising for the first time this year is to “be genuine,” as he believes that one must have a reason to participate in the rides while asking for support.

“Also, don’t be afraid to “just ask.” I’ve been surprised how many great conversations I’ve had, or new friendships I’ve started, all because someone else had a personal connection to cancer,” says Ben.

He entrusts the Alberta Cancer Foundation to make use of his donations in the best possible way.

“I’ve typically let the Foundation help advice where the need is the greatest. If that’s spreading it around evenly, that’s great. If it needs to be weighted in one particular category for a given year, that’s OK too,” Ben signs off.

We thank Ben for his constant support and contribution to the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Thank you for going the distance on the tour and in the cancer centres.

 

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Arlene Christie

Arlene Christie was an incredible woman who touched the lives of many. Arlene chose not to be defined by her illness. She navigated its challenges with courage, grace, and a powerful determination to make the most out of life. Earlier this month, she passed from cancer, in her memorial she requested funds be donated to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Conquerors, a team of Tom Baker Cancer Centre Staff and supporters participating in the Tour Alberta for Cancer. Here is a message from her family –

“Arlene chose not to be defined by her illness and instead placed emphasis on life’s positives.”

“Arlene chose not to be defined by her illness and instead placed emphasis on life’s positives. After each visit, she expressed how thankful she was for the high-quality care she received at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Holy Cross Hospital. Even when there was “bad news” at an oncology appointment, she always remarked how grateful she was to have access to such world class care. She knew each member of her team by their first name and enjoyed giving them updates on her family, baking, and garden. These people cared about her, and that in and of itself was therapeutic for Arlene. As much as someone could look forward to an oncology appointment, Arlene knew that whatever the next phase of her journey may be, she was in the best hands possible. The empathy, kindness, and support of her care team lifted her spirits on the difficult days and guided her entire family through her journey with breast cancer. Their focus on patient centred care provided Arlene with a remarkable quality of life despite the burden of her disease. The years she spent “fighting the fight”, as she called it, were, for the most part, good ones. She marveled at modern medicine, and although she did not live to see it, was hopeful at the world’s progress towards a cure. Her positive attitude, gracefulness, and gratitude in the face of terminal illness made Arlene a role model for all those who were privileged to know her. Although she is no longer with us, her legacy lives on through the opportunity to fund raise for the TBCC and HCH. These funds can support the continued delivery of excellent care to cancer patients across Southern Alberta, as well as support the critical research driving us towards Arlene’s dream of one day finding a cure.”

Arlene’s family is grateful for the compassionate care she received at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. We would like to thank Arlene’s friends and family for their kind donations in her memory. The Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer supports brave Albertans and their families throughout the cancer experience. Those with us. And those we’ve lost.

Arlene Christie and family

: Arlene with her husband Tom Christie and children Andrew, Michael and Robert Christie.

 

Max Chan

Meet Max Chan, our first cyclist to raise over $10,000 and qualify for the Tire Track Jersey

At the age of 40, Max started to take his health more seriously, by starting to get more regular check-ups and blood work – something he claims to have ignored for decades. Along with taking his health more seriously, Max was in the best shape in a long time, which retrospectively, he admits, was ironic.

As part of ongoing check-ups, his doctor saw a few things warranting more testing. After his CT scan on February 27, 2020 (a date Max will never forget), his doctor discovered a golf-ball-sized mass on his right kidney, which was later confirmed to be stage 1 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). “I’ve never had a feeling quite like I had when Dr. Strother called me later that morning and asked me and my wife to come in immediately,” said Max. “I then knew it was not good news but did not expect to hear it was cancer.”

It left him with questions “Is it terminal? Is it treatable? How do I tell our kids? Can I ever return to a normal life?”

Unfortunately, like many, Max’s already difficult cancer journey was affected by COVID-19, as he was diagnosed just weeks before the pandemic hit. Max had a very real and valid concern of postponed surgeries, which luckily, was not the case for him. Not long after being assured that his early diagnosis and the location of the tumor, surgical intervention was the best treatment option. In May 2020, Max had a nephrectomy, which is a procedure to remove a part of his Kidney.

With the pandemic, the reality of his situation was not being able to have any visitors by his side when going through his journey and surgeries. “That was really hard on us not to be able to be there, but between Facetime and just needing the time to rest it was manageable.” With the incredible care and friendly and compassionate nature of the staff at Rockyview General Hospital, it helped Max ease the stress and strain. “These people embody what it means to be dedicated healthcare workers.”

Max, now fully recovered and cancer-free joins a proud group of incredible cancer survivors. The physical recovery of his surgery took some time and had a large impact on his body, but he has since been able to return to a relatively active lifestyle. “I’ve skied more days this season than I ever have – nearly 40 days,” said Max. “I didn’t get a chance to mountain bike much last summer, but I am looking forward to more this summer with my family.” This year, Max is taking on the challenge of cycling in and fundraising for the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. To date, Max has raised over 37,000 and is currently one of the top individual fundraisers.

Max highlights the importance of early detection, which is what made his journey with cancer a ‘success story.’ “Middle-aged men like myself, we are a stubborn and foolish cohort sometimes and take for granted that the indestructible bodies we thought we had as teenagers will continue on in life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way so we have to stay on top of our check-ups,” says Max.

“I’ve told people this is a club you never want to join, but are proud to be part of once you’re in it as you get to see true resilience and strength,” said Max. “There’s a big community out there and organizations like the Alberta Cancer Foundation help bring it all together.”

This is Max’s first time doing the Tour and he has chosen to cycle to the summit of Panorama on his mountain bike this summer.

Why do you Tour?

I am riding to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer.

 

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Courtney Gleiberman

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Today we honor the mother figures impacted by cancer, those who have faced the disease and those who have supported their loved ones through it.

Mother, daughter duo Courtney & Judy Gleiberman – or as they lovingly call themselves Lil Tomato and Moma Tomato –will mark 10 years cycling in support of Albertans facing cancer.

In Courtney’s own words:

“In 2009 my uncle was diagnosed with a brain tumor; he was lucky enough to participate in some of the programs that the Tour Alberta (formerly known as Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer) dollars fund and went into remission. In late 2011 the tumor came back very aggressively. My mom had discovered this fundraising event called ‘The Ride to Conquer Cancer’ and convinced me, and both of my cousins to join her in June 2012 and even got my dad and sister into volunteering.

“Unfortunately, my uncle did not live to see us ride that first year. He was just one of many family members that we have lost over the years to a host of different types of cancer, and it is for them that we continue to fundraise and ride for.

“For my mom & I the Tour has always been about family; paying tribute to those we have lost to cancer, working together to fundraise, and bonding after riding all weekend. Over the years we have trained together, exploring the terrain in the Edmonton River Valley and inspired each other to sign up again and again even when we wanted to throw in the towel. It doesn’t hurt that we have gained a solid group of donors who motivate us to continue to participate in this great event.

“We Tour in honor of the memories of Aunt Agi, Uncle Bob, Grandma Edith, Uncle Tony, and too many others whom we have lost to cancer. We fundraise to ensure that a cure for this disease will be found within our lifetimes.”

Over the last 10 years, Courtney and her family have collectively fundraised over $55,000 through the Tour.

This Mother’s Day, honor that special mom impacted by cancer by registering for Tour Alberta. We tour in honor of those with us, And those we’ve lost. Register here.

Who do you Tour for?

We Tour to ensure that a cure for this disease will be found within our lifetimes.

 

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Ron Maltman

Ron Maltman from Calgary started the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer (formerly known as Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer) in 2015, after his wife was diagnosed and treated for Lymphoma in 2014.⁠

Her experience with cancer, along with a number of Ron’s friends and family members, inspired Ron to take on the challenge of Tour Alberta and has kept him motivated over the years. Last year, Ron was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma, which has fortunately been treatable. “It highlights how pervasive cancer is or can be,” says Ron.

⁠“Competing in the Tour is something that means so much to me.” Ron hopes to continue taking part in the Tour until he is at least 70 – another seven years after 2021. He is already signed up for the Tour this year – kicking it off with his own self-donation. ⁠

“My hope is that all who experience a cancer diagnosis, have a positive outcome – a cure – to look ahead to.”

 

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Andrew Gregory

In October of 2005, at the age of 37, I was told I had testicular cancer. At that moment everything fell away. My career, my hopes for the future…everything.

 

I was lucky

Within days a close friend who was also diagnosed with testicular cancer and had recovered called me and assured me that everything would be alright…that I would get through it. That I would live. That phone call of assurance, knowing someone who had beaten cancer, was the first step in my journey back to health.

I was a lifelong athlete and cyclist who competed in triathlons and marathons with friends for fun and bragging rights. As a fan of the Tour de France, I had begun to follow Lance Armstrong during his rise to cycling dominance. His book “It’s Not About the Bike” details his stage 4 testicular cancer diagnosis, treatment, and his return to form.

Say what you will about Lance’s tactics. His willingness to speak openly and frankly about his ordeal, along with the Livestrong Foundation’s Guidebook, put me in the driver’s seat where I needed to be.

Testicular cancer is among the very rarest of cancers affecting men but is among the most common among young men. Just 30 short years earlier, within my lifetime, it would have been a death sentence. That changed in 1974 when a clinical trial testing the platinum-based drug Cisplatin with two additional drugs proved effective in killing testicular cancer cells. This combination became the cure that saved my life.

I was lucky to have been born in Canada where our cancer outcomes are among the best in the world. I was lucky that the crushing veil of shame that had always shrouded a cancer diagnosis had been lifted. This empowered me to make informed decisions and to develop a fighting spirit amid fear and confusion.

Finally, like you, I am lucky to be living in a golden age of cancer research where we have made more progress in the past 10 years than we had in the previous 250 years of investigation. This golden age is made possible in large part by the kind of work supported by donors of the Alberta Cancer Foundation…each of whom believes in the vision of a world free from cancer.

Treatment

After a successful surgery and a clean CT scan, we were given the option of regular surveillance – blood tests, x-rays and scans every 3 months – in the hope of avoiding further treatment.

Christmas of 2006 brought the unhappy news of enlarged lymph nodes in my abdomen, confirming that the cancer had spread. I was prescribed a 9-week course of chemotherapy after a panel of experts reviewed the results of 2 scans. The treatment was hellacious with frightening side effects, but I emerged in April battered but with a clean bill of health. Victory!

Cancer research saved my life. I owe a debt to every intrepid donor and researcher who contributes to that vision.

Having been through diagnosis, surgery, surveillance and chemotherapy I can say from experience how extraordinary our cancer control system is in Canada. My survival is a testament to how important ongoing cancer research is.

How far we’ve come

On October 11, 2021, I will celebrate 16 years as a cancer survivor…but my story is just one of the dozens in our immediate network. Dear friends have been diagnosed, treated and are either cured or are living with cancer. Loved ones have battled and succumbed to the disease. Throughout we have supported each other, cried together and stayed united in our vision.

Where we are headed

As an advocate for cancer research and enhanced care, I have said countless times that our goal is “to see a world free from cancer in my lifetime”.

To me, this means that in the overwhelming majority of cases the cancers that afflict us will be curable or manageable as mine was. People may always get cancer but soon, with your help, they need no longer fear death as a result.

Who do you Tour for?

I Tour for a world free from cancer.

 

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