Thursday, April 9, 2009

With a Little Help from my Friends

To My Dearest Friends,

This time last year I remember sitting in the chemotherapy room staring at the potential stored in the limbs of the cherry tree outside. I was early into my treatment schedule and the road that I was heading down was full of dark unknowns and fear. It was only with the outstanding support of my friends and family, that Dave and I were able to muster the strength and courage to complete our journey with cancer.

Yesterday, I had a final meeting with my oncologist in Victoria. He congratulated me on a battle well-fought and formally discharged me from his care. Today, after a long and arduous fight, I am 100% cancer free and to celebrate, Dave and I have decided to embark on the Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation. Through this event, and with your continued support, Dave and I can help prevent other families from having to struggle with this disease.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two-day bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle. As you can imagine, riding that far is not going to be a simple feat for me. I'll have to train and get in shape along side of Dave, speaking of dark unknowns and fear! But I'm excited that I can finally do something this big in the fight against cancer.

I know you understand why this is so important to me, and know why I'm asking for your financial support. Our goal is to raise the minimum donation of $5000.00 so that we can ride. I hope you'll help us get there. It's hard asking my family and friends for money, but this cause and this event are very important to me and close to my heart. I hope that you can make a generous donation. I figure if everyone on my list donates $100, I'll meet my goal. The proceeds benefit BC Cancer Foundation.

Click the link at the bottom of this email to donate to me online. You'll also find a printed donation form on my webpage, if you prefer that. Thank you for your support and concern over the last incredibly difficult year, and thank you for your support in my participation in this cycling event.

Sincerely with love,
Jenn Zahavich