10 years ago I had the privilege of being an itinerant teacher for Sarah Fairbairn while she was undergoing treatment for AML (Acute Myeloid Lukemia) at LHSC. Sadly, Sarah passed away a year later in 2010. She would be turning 24 years old on August 21st.
Yesterday, during a visit with Sarah’s parents, Yolanda Fairbairn and Jerry Fairbairn, we had the chance to reminisce about Sarah and the impact she had on all who met her, look back on her time in treatment (which was inconveniently during the H1N1 scare), and read the blog she had created while working on her course with me. (The picture shows her blogging with stickers on her face from Art Therapy).
In 4 weeks from today I will be cycling with the National Kids Cancer Ride from Vancouver to Halifax over 18 days to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer, and childhood cancer research. Sarah’s story is a profound reminder of #whyweride and why it matters that we work collectively to improve the amount of money spent on research specific to childhood cancer.
ONLY 3-5% OF ALL MONEY RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH IS DEVOTED TO RESEARCH SPECIFIC TO CHILDHOOD CANCER
I am getting close to my fundraising goal of $15,000, in large part due to the support of so many of you over the past several months, and the success of our event “A Night to Remember” in March, but am still looking for donations. If you’re interested in supporting me as I cycle across Canada, please see the link to my page.