2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer

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My dad and I at the start line on Day 1 of the 2016 Ride to Conquer Cancer
My dad and I at the start line on Day 1 of the 2016 Ride to Conquer Cancer

It’s that time of year again! I am participating in the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer in Alberta. This 2-day 200km ride benefits the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support cancer research, treatment, and services. Through my past work with the Health and Wellness Lab and current work with the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research I have seen the direct impact these funds have on cancer survivors, both during and after treatment.

It is estimated that over 45% of men and 40% of women will develop cancer in their lifetime and that 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer. The cancer survivors I have met over the last six years have had a profound impact on my life as they battle through cancer with tenacity and grace. I have worked with survivors that come to exercise with feeding tubes in because they have lost so much weight through treatment but they can’t wait to see their buddies for their weekly workout. I have had the opportunity to work with the family caregivers of cancer survivors to provide them support as they recharge their batteries and practice self-care so they can be strong for their loved ones. I have also had the opportunity to see the excitement and joy when someone can tell their friends that their scans have come back and they are officially cancer free.
Finished! 230km complete
Finished! 230km complete

Last year, my Dad came out from Ontario and we did the Ride together. This year, I have joined One Aim, the team lead by Dr. Nigel Brockton, a researcher in my department. Last year I was plagued by some injuries during training and during the ride but I have tried to take a new approach by routinely going to massage, physio, and yoga. The 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer is two short months away so stay tuned for updates!

Click here to support Lauren on her Ride to Conquer Cancer.

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