Help us Run for the Cure
Guest post by my dear sister Alessa Velasco
In the fall of 2012, I started my first year of participating in CIBC’s Run for the Cure and I commit to taking part every year. Below is my story why.
I remember my 27th birthday like it was yesterday. I spent the day not feeling quite right as I knew that the news about the lump on my mother’s breast would not be good. Sure enough, the doctor called us in the next day and even before we could sit down on the chair, he announced “its cancer”. For the month we spent waiting for results, I played the scenario in my head – how my mother would react, how I would react, how we would tell the rest of the family. Not once did I think that my mother and I would end up in laughter, all because the only concern she voiced was “Can we re-book? Thursday is laundry day”. If you don’t know my mother, this is typical of her. Very random and always sees the humour in a situation. I definitely got those traits from her and I can only hope that I get half her strength and determination. She was a rock throughout the process, and was always optimistic. She kept worrying about us – her kids – and not once did she falter. A year later when she found out her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer as well, she packed up all her old romance novels and sent them back to the Philippines, telling her sister that it would help her pass the time during her recovery. It was the small things that mattered. The cards, the flowers, the phone calls and the company from family, friends, and loved ones - the little reminders of what is good in life is what got my mom (and our family) through the tougher times.
I run for her every year, to celebrate her strength. I run for my Tita Gigi, and the other women (and men) who are going through similar battles – to show them they are not alone. And lastly, I run for the future – for myself, for my friends, and for the children.
I invite you to come join me on this run. I promise you it is a ton of run and most importantly, it is very inspiring. You do not have to be a “good runner” to take part – believe me! To join my team, please click on the link below and choose “Join Team”. Last year we had over 20 participants and are excited to grow the team this year. If you are unable to partake in the event, you may also donate by clicking on the same page and donating to the team, or to a specific individual.
“Cancer is limited.
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit”
To read my previous post about mom's cancer, click here.