Struggle followed by pain is an emotion we all face both as a family and as a community, death is no stranger to any of us. As we go through life, we will experience some beautiful and sweet memories with friends, family and loved ones. Suddenly, on a random Tuesday morning, you may get a call or text that will change your entire life, and this is what happened to me.
Unable to process my thoughts that morning, frozen in fear and unsure what to do next, I remained still as I kept reading in a loop that my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The time started ticking faster than ever before. As weeks and months passed by, the thought never escaped me. As my siblings helped my mother through her struggle, we were hit with another family member who was afflicted with cancer.
What really drove me to the edge of change was a chat with a friend one night, he confided to me that he was afflicted with cancer as well. I put my head down on the table and realized now more than ever I need to stop feeling sad and start making a change. And so I started a plan to create a fundraiser by using my bicycle, the only tool I was confident with that could make a change.
I thought long and hard about which cancer foundation I should start off with. To me I started with testicular cancer foundation as I realized whilst talking to my friends that they seldom had gone to a doctor to check their testicles. This also made me think, if my friends who are in their late 20’s have not gotten checked out by a doctor, how about the other men both in the Tamil community and elsewhere?
I wanted this ride to show a sort of solidarity that we’re all in this together and that as a community we need to help each other in times of darkness.
So with a couple of good friends, we planned a route, and went forward to making the seemingly impossible, doable. The ride was tough, and it changed my perception of the physical struggle one may face throughout chemotherapy. This is not to say that a 24 hour ride is equivalent to a round of chemo, but I wanted this ride to show a sort of solidarity that we’re all in this together and that as a community we need to help each other in times of darkness.
In the future I will organize another 24 hour event with my team in order raise funds again.
Strava – GPS Tracking of Distance . Goal Reached for Fundraiser.