“Cancer has touched too many families and taken too many lives already. I view this ride as an opportunity for me, and for anyone else supporting, to take action against the disease - something that is rare to be able to do when this disease hits close to home.” - Joshua.
Did you know that, according to the NSW Cancer Council, 1 in 3 Australian women and 1 in 2 Australian men will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85?
So, it is likely that you know, or will know, someone who is diagnosed with cancer.
My friend was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Her son, Joshua, is training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer to support her and other families like theirs. To participate, he needs to raise $2,500. Can you help?
How can you help?
- Make a personal donation towards Joshua Agudo's target at Ride to Conquer Cancer website.
- Come to one of my classes at the Epping Community Centre on Monday 30 September. All payments will be donated towards Joshua's target.
- If you have a six-class pass or purchase a six-class pass, a prorated amount will be donated.
- The relaxation/meditation session is free but any contributions towards the hire of the venue will be donated.
Where does your donation go?
Funds raised will be invested in the development of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA. The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse is a cancer treatment centre that integrates clinical and holistic care, and research and education facilities—a place that provides all the support required by patients, their families, and their carers.
About my friend
It's hard to believe that less than three (not two, as on my printed brochure) years ago, my friend joined our technical writing team. She and I knew of each other—she was a programmer, I a business analyst/tester/technical writer—each of us with over 20 years of service in our IT company yet we had never worked together. She had plans - re-skill as a technical writer, retire at the end of 2012, travel with her husband, and fund her retirement with short-term writing contracts.
She threw herself into her new role with enthusiasm, often working long hours into the night. Her open, happy-go-lucky front belied a down-to-earth and private nature. It was a difficult project but our little team of technical writers bonded over shared obstacles, coffees, iPhones(!) and chit chat.
It was a shock to us when we learnt she had cancer. After an operation and chemo, she sounded upbeat and tentatively looking towards the future. When we met again in February she was smiling, laughing, positive! Then the cancer returned and the prognosis was not good. She embarked on a round of radiation, which was completed in July. Her messages still sound upbeat but I always wonder whether how much longer we have.
Donating the payments from my classes is a way that I feel I can help. My friend felt that stress was a contributing factor to her illness. Yoga cannot cure cancer but it can bring physical, mental and emotional relief and so, a treatment centre that provides both clinical and holistic care appeals to me.
More than that, I credit my friend for steering me towards the path I am on today. In a phone call last year I still remember her saying: “Don't wait until something like this happens to you to know what is important. Get out [of the IT company] and enjoy your life now.”
Aum shanti! (Go in peace).