A few days prior, I watched my husband explain to his daughter that her beloved “Auntie Syl” had passed away.
No one wants to see their child cry tears of sorrow and grief.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown, MA Just two months prior to the funeral, my husband rode 192 miles in 2 days for the Pan Mass Challenge and dedicated his ride to Aunt Sylvia.
As I waited at the finish line, I was so touched by what I saw…
… and I began to think of how many people in my own family had battled with various forms of cancer.
August 7 - 8, 2010
I’ve decided to ride with my husband in this year’s Pan Mass Challenge because…
… in 2000, it took an 8 inch incision to successfully remove the melanoma from my Mom’s leg. It was only millimeters away from entering her lymphatic system.
… my Grandmother fought three battles with ovarian cancer. Cancer was the victor in the final fight.
… Uncle Joe beat colon cancer in 1990 and recently celebrated his 80 th birthday in the company of family and friends.
… a tumor on Ken’s lung went undetected until he was at stage 3. He survived and lived in hope and love for 3 years after the diagnosis (longer than he was supposed to) with on-going chemo until his body became too weak to tolerate or respond favorably to the treatments. He died peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side and in the hearts of his three children who love him. There was never a dull moment when Ken was around…
… my best friend’s mom beat it TWICE …breast cancer in 1996 and fallopian tube cancer in 2008. Pictured here enjoying a Hawaiian vacation in between chemo treatments…
… Sue beat breast cancer… Pictured here enjoying time with her grand-niece, Bella.
… but her son Gregory lost his battle with leukemia at age 16.
… and because Aunt Sylvia, and all of our loved ones that have fallen prey to cancer are missed so very deeply.
The sad fact is, you can identify with these success stories and tragedies.
The $31 Million the Pan Mass Challenge expects to raise this year will ensure that one day, the tragedies will be no more . All proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
To learn more: www.pmc.org My fundraising page can be located by searching for “Elana Owens” or by using the link below: http://www.pmc.org/profile/EO0040