Triathlon for a Cure - Fundraiser for Juravinski Cancer Centre

 

Progress: 68%
Progress: 68%
Raised: $ 6845     Goal: $ 10000

2nd Annual Triathlon for a Cure

Excited to raise funds for the Juravinski Cancer Clinic (JCC), with my 2nd Annual Triathlon for a Cure.

Hi, I’m Penny (Lewis) MacCormack, and I’m completing my second personal mini triathlon with my friend and my friend/fitness instructor again this year. Last year we raised over $20,000 for the JCC Chemo Unit.

In 2019 I was in the best shape of my life participating in bootcamp and military tone and other exercise when I got the news that I have metastatic colon cancer.  I have spent a lot of time (every two weeks) at the Juravinski in the last three years and want to give back to a place that has become my second home and has supported people I know including my parent’s cancer journey. Everyone at the JCC are incredible people that support patients to the fullest in a kind and supporting way.

May 28th, one day after my 51st birthday and a few days prior to my 69th round of chemo we will complete 40kms compared to our 29kms last year, adding an extra ride portion prior to the kayak portion. This year we will start our first riding portion at Scotland (Brant County) to Waterford, then proceed to kayaking (Waterford Ponds), second ride (Waterford to Simcoe – Ireland Road) and walk/jog (Simcoe to Port Dover – Silver Lake).

Why? Because we all know or will know someone who is or has battled cancer so I am excited to see how we as an extended community can support the Juravinski the way it has or will support us and our loved ones. I have also been given the gift of feeling “cancer good” on my off-chemo weeks and a strong and competitive mindset that helps me through this journey. 

I must end with a shout out to my awesome oncology team, Dr. Goffin, Nurse Cheryl Reid and all the chemo nurses, without their caring, kind, compassionate way and their sense of humor my last three years would have made my cancer journey less tolerable.

"When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone that loves them does too." - Unknown

"Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet." – Michael Douglas

Funds will support the CyberKnife – a powerful tool in the treatment of cancer

Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells. Its main advantage is that it can destroy cancer without requiring surgery and can treat otherwise difficult or sensitive areas of the body such as the brain, lungs, liver and the list keeps growing. Linear accelerators are the main tool used to deliver radiation therapy.

CyberknifeA CyberKnife is a highly specialized linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm. It delivers precise radiation treatment sometimes with measurements as small as fractions of a millimeter. The Cyberknife at Juraivnski Cancer Centre was the first in Ontario.Presently, the Cyberknife is at the end of its useful life. It is now 12 years old and is in need of replacement. Your support will help us replace this essential equipment and allow us to continue to treat patients and give them the best possible outcomes.

“The CyberKnife is an important treatment tool for our Radiation Oncologists, and a newer version will lead to further improvements in the level of care we provide for cancer patients in our hospitals and across our region. We continue to evaluate the opportunities for even greater discoveries in radiation treatments for cancer patients not only in Ontario but also across Canada and beyond.”  - Dr. Ian Dayes, Chief of Radiation Oncology


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