I am a cancer survivor. When I was 34 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer and I began the most difficult year of my life. 6 years later, I am happy to say that I am cancer free and living a version of life that I didn't even know was possible. It's been a incredible journey and it's one that has led me to want to give back in any way I can.
Colorectal cancer is not a blood cancer but a big part of my healing has been to understand and recognize that this disease affects people in so many ways. These are our family members, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances - people we know, love and care about. When you distill this down to the people, it becomes about so much more than the colour of a ribbon, and that's what matters to me the most.
When I learned that the research being done for blood cancers also brings advances for many other types of cancers and diseases such as MS, Lupus and Diabetes, it was an easy decision for me to make this my charity of choice this year. By raising funds for Light the Night I am choosing to support not only blood cancer research, but the work being done to find a cure for many types of cancer and other devastating conditions.
Thank you for sponsoring and supporting me in my efforts. Together we can find a way to say "Not Today Cancer".