Riding in memory of Alex
I DO THE RIDE to give hope.
I lost my son, Alex, to colon cancer in January 2018. I vividly remember when conventional treatments weren't working for Alex, it was clinical trials at The Ottawa Hospital, and one in particular, which gave our family hope.
I've been participating in THE RIDE since day one. Little did I know back then, I'd be cycling to try and support the research which could save my son. Even though those trials didn't work for Alex, I am still hopeful when I see how far research has come. As I look back over the years I realize, many of the clinical trials Alex did have access to, weren't available when we started this event. So obviously, THE RIDE is having an impact. The research is having an impact. We have to keep doing this and we have to get more people participating because it is extremely important.
While the pain of losing Alex still causes my heart to ache, I will continue to DO THE RIDE and bring our team, #youarenotalone, together each year. It's what Alex wanted. He participated in THE RIDE several times. In fact, I remember his determination vividly. He always wanted it to be bigger and stronger. He did it even when he was going through treatment.
Losing Alex has been devastating for our family. But it's the love we felt for him that keeps us going. It's why we keep doing THE RIDE. We're giving hope to others who face a similar diagnosis. That hope will be a part of Alex's legacy.
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