I had a team...


I had a life...


Please join the fight, join the cause, JOIN MY TEAM.


Lives depend on your support!

Cancer was not going to stop me, even though I was unable to train due to more chemo treatments. I was honored to have beenthe motivational speaker at this event with over 1,800 participants, collectively raisingover $8 million for the cure.


As I was rising to the challenge of leading my team mates in the 2013 ride, the orphan cancer returned with a vengeance. My lungs became filled with tumors and I could no longer win the war. The life I had envisioned, the family I was to grow old with, seeing my children grow up and my children's children - all these were no more. On March 7, 2013, I passed away at the young age of 28 years.


Although I am not physically here, my spirit, my legacy, my mission to Together We Pay it Forward lives on. My family, my friends, and my team mates continue to fight the battle against cancer by supporting the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. You can, too!

I had beautiful children...


I had loving parents...


I was young ...

I had a promising life ahead of me ...

... and then ... in May of 2010, I was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma in my lungs.

 

The news of this terrible disease was an overwhelming blow to me, my family and friends as I had to undergo open lung surgery to remove seven tumors throughout my lungs. The news after my surgery was even more devastating. The biopsy on the tumors came back positive for a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma called malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST). Even though I recovered quickly from the surgery, the cancer returned a few months later in July and formed new tumors in my lungs. My doctors told me that this type of cancer was slow growing; however, the next course of treatment was chemotherapy once the tumors grew to a certain size. That Fall, the tumors grew large enough to start chemo and, at the beginning of December, I was enrolled in a double blind clinical trial involving 426 patients worldwide. The chemo left me feeling absolutely awful. Regardless, I was determined to fight this disease with everything I had.


My battle with cancer inspired me to get involved, to make a difference and raise awareness and funds for orphan cancers through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in Alberta. I overcame many challenges to be able to train and participate in my first two day ride in June 2011. My determination to stay strong in the fight inspired my team mates and, in 2012, I again participated in the ride.

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