Recently, my husband decided to register for and participate in a fundraising event for cancer being inspired by my brother-in-law who has gone in to remission from cancer himself and is participating in the ride.
I have always known (well, since I was old enough to understand these things) that cancer is terrible for those who suffer from it, and that if they are not fortunate enough to survive it, that the loved ones of those who lose their battle have then to grieve for the one they have lost.
I saw this first hand with one of my beautiful friends. As positive and accepting as she generally was of her situation, it was still hard to see how ill she became and how she knew that she would be leaving behind a daughter and son-in-law and didn't even know if she would still be here to see the birth of her first grandchild (which she did). She was the sort of person who will always be missed by those who knew her.
What I didn't realise is that cancer can, and usually does, continue to affect those who survive it and their families even after they are in remission.
That's why I am so exceptionally proud of what Jonathan, Daniel, and many others are going to be doing on November 30 and December 1 of this year. The developments in cancer treatments over the last decade have certainly given people diagnosed with cancer now a much better likelihood to overcome it and have a great future, but there is still a long way to go. If research can continue because of fundraising events like this, perhaps the next generation will have even better odds agains cancer. And that can only be a good thing.
If you are able, please visit this page to learn more about how you can donate. Obviously, it is not possible/practical for everyone, but any kind of help you can give will be appreciated: whether it be encouragement to Jonathan to keep training, or letting others know who may be able to donate or otherwise participate themselves! Of course, I want to support my husband in his fundraising effort, but the most important thing of all is to get the funds for cancer, so I would also like to share my brother-in-law's page for the ride. If you want to spread the sponsor love between the two of them, or even just see the perspective of a cancer survivor, check his page out too!