Local to participate in BC Ride to Conquer Cancer

Renee Hartwell asks fort assistance to raise much needed funds to keep cancer research going.

Friends Renee Hartwell and Lisa Panchenko prepare to ride on June 14 and 15 in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer to benefit BC Cancer Foundation.

Friends Renee Hartwell and Lisa Panchenko prepare to ride on June 14 and 15 in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer to benefit BC Cancer Foundation.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of my friend, Lisa’s, pit crew for the 2013 RTCC, who was riding in memory of her father.  It is not the first time she has inspired me, and when she asked me to join her on the 2014 ride, I, of course, accepted the challenge. Advice I have been given at some time in the recent past is to take challenges and opportunities as they come while you are able to, because no one knows what the future holds.

In my lifetime, I have seen a teacher, aunt, uncles, cousins, family friends and family of friends fight the courageous battle against cancer. Some won the battle and others live in our memories. I would like to dedicate my ride to my uncle Jim who was taken from us too soon. He fought a good fight for years with strong determination. He was the best of men, leaving behind a wonderful family who fought right alongside him. The journey they have endured is one I hope to never know directly. I ride for their bravery and know that if I have just one ounce of their perseverance on the ride, it will be a breeze.

A little bit about THE RIDE:

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day, almost 200 km cycling journey, from Surrey to close to Seattle. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but I have the bike, the best trainer around (my husband Ryan) the support of my family and friends and with your generosity, a real impact will be made.

I am asking you to please help me in raising much needed funds to keep this important research going and hopefully help many more Canadians to survive this disease.

Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care made possible through BC Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and care.

Thank you in advance for your help. Any amount, large or small, is greatly appreciated!

Please donate by visiting my personal page, http://www.conquercancer.ca/goto/rhartwell2014 or call 250-438-0776 and I’ll be happy to pick up your donation.

Renee Hartwell

2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer Participant