I’ve been a paediatric haematologist/oncologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS since 2002, when I came to Canada from the UK. Here, I devote my time and career to caring for kids and families suffering from cancer and rare blood diseases.
I see first hand the massive impact a cancer diagnosis has upon a child and their family. Life is never the same when you face a diagnosis and treatment as devastating as this can be. Fortunately the vast majority of kids – 4 out of 5 – can be cured of their cancer. But that leaves 1 out of five, whose cancer will kill them. Even for those who do survive, there is a price; there are challenges and obstacles from the late effects of the cancer and the treatments which can haunt them for years and decades to come.
We have fought hard to achieve the successes we’ve won over the last 50 years, but it’s not enough. Improving those statistics to where every kids survives, and no-one suffers late effects takes an investment of dedication, hard work and money.
It’s obvious why I would ride and support the National Kids Cancer Ride – to help this mission, to share the dedication of those volunteers and riders who feel this as passionately as I do, and to help kids be kids again and families be families again. The choice to do it is easy. The riding and the fundraising – now that’s difficult.
Why ride the National Kids Cancer Ride? Because no kid deserves cancer.