Occupations: Taylor – Nurse, Dean – IT Consultant
Family: Dean and Linnea married for 30 years, son Cody and princess Taylor
I am the father of a cancer survivor and the husband of a cancer survivor
I am the daughter of a cancer survivor and a cancer survivor myself
2 sentences, 4 cancer words, 1 family, 2 survivors – FYC we won
Dean: She was not feeling well, her legs hurt, her arms hurt. Off to the doctor, tests and then the four words that changed our world forever, “your daughter has cancer”. In June of 1995 Taylor was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia – she was 5. Our journey with this disease begins.
Taylor: I didn’t realize what would come along with that horrible word cancer, as I started losing my hair…… no one knew what my outcome would be. My brother Cody, who is special needs, would say, “She’s just sick, she’ll be better soon”. So in December 1997 after enduring chemo and hospital stays for 2 ½ years, or 29 months and 9 days, or 910 days and… 242 pokes (the dreaded needles), I had my farewell to cancer party.
Dean: The fall of 2000, she was not feeling like herself, gaining weight for no apparent reason, a growing feeling of being uncomfortable. Off to the doctor, tests and they book her for surgery. Four more words that changed our world again, “your wife has cancer”.
Taylor: I returned home from school that day to find out that my mom Linnea had Ovarian cancer. Want to talk about information overload? I couldn’t believe it, I remember thinking, “why us, why my family? AGAIN”. I watched her go through everything I did, and she didn’t give up. I thank her for that because I couldn’t imagine my life without her.
Dean: From June 1995 to December 1997 and December 2001 to May 2003 our family faced living with cancer treatment every day. And every day since Linnea’s last treatment, cancer has been in our lives – in a good way. We have had the privilege of working with two incredible and linked charities, Kids Cancer Care and Coast to Coast.
This is a quick rundown. This is a video of our full story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9guXg7j4sY , please take a few minutes to understand why this cause is so near and dear to our hearts.
WHY ARE WE RIDING?
To support the kids and their families who are enduring their own battle right now. To honour the siblings and families of those champions who have earned their angel wings. And for those that will be diagnosed this year, to help them also thrive in the face of cancer. Riding will channel our physical, mental and emotional energy into something much greater – helping brave children return to life as regular kids again just like Taylor has. We will share the road with a team of cyclists, dad and daughter, united in our commitment to the childhood cancer community. Your support is welcome. Your support is needed. Please join us and be a part of this powerful and inspiring experience by helping to fund important childhood cancer charities across Canada through sponsoring us in our fundraising goal.
FYC – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Taylor’s friend Adam Fedesoff had decals made for our bikes. He had hoped to ride in the 2013 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride but passed away March 11, 2012 at the age of 17 years. If you look at our bikes you will see the letters “FYC”. You can probably imagine what that means. I cried the day I received this in the mail from my friend Ron Mitchell. I will be thinking about that with every turn of the pedal as I ride across Canada. F%#@ You Cancer! Especially on those “tough” days.
The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride will fund research and other programs that improve the lives of children living with cancer. For more information of the Foundation’s work, please visit www.CoastToCoastAgainstCancer.org and support our cause!
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