I fundraise for The Ottawa Hospital because it feels fantastic to be able to give back, to a hospital that provides outstanding care to our community, and a hospital that saved my life.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with a 6 month average survival. I had 18 months of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation at The Ottawa Hospital, and have since found myself appreciating and loving life in a way I never dreamed possible, wanting to give back and inspire hope for others facing hopeless odds or difficult situations. You can read more about my life since cancer in my blog (http://lifetri.blogspot.ca/).
I have led 3 teams to walk or run at Ottawa Race Weekend and fundraise for The Ottawa Hospital; Marathoners Gone Viral in 2015, MGV 2017, and #MEMC Team in 2018. We have walked and ran alot of miles together, had a ton of fun, and raised close to $200,000.
Four months ago, on Jan 2, 2019 I reached the six year milestone of surviving pancreatic cancer .... an incredibly happy and miraculous occasion, for which I am extremely grateful. I decided to keep on pulling family and friends together to help me inspire others and give back. And so, I've started MEMC Run Crew. Our goals will be to love life, inspire hope, participate in Ottawa Race Weekend (ORW), give back, and support cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH).
If you would like to support me, your donation will be going to Dr. John Bell's lab at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr Bell and his team are developing viruses that can kill cancer cells. These viruses will replace chemotherapy, have fewer side effects, and be more effective. For cancers like pancreatic cancer, which dont have an effective chemotherapy, oncolytic virus research is our strongest hope for an effective treament and cure.
Thanks in advance for you support.
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