I have always been known as someone who can turn their hand to most things, which is both a blessing and a curse. It means I am good at many things, but I tend to get bored quickly and move on to something more interesting and challenging. It is the constant exploration of the world around me that keeps my alive.
Every now and then though I have stumbled on something that requires all of my focus to figure out. That ‘thing’ for me now is not something I discovered but rather it discovered me – Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare and currently incurable lymphoma. Since my diagnosis in 2017, I have spent most of my time and energy not so much getting into the weeds of the disease. Instead, I’ve tried to more out how to live my best life with the disease..
When diagnosed I decided to pick up cycling to get fitter and healthier, and to raise much needed money for research into WM. What started as a one-off goal of riding from California to Boston (which I completed in 2018, and you can read all about here), has evolved into an ongoing challenge to complete some epic rides around the world.
This is where you come in. I hope you will cheer me on to the finish line in these rides by donating to the International Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF), the organization that provides patient and caregiver support and also funds research into WM.
Together, we raised nearly $50,000 from my 2018 cross country ride.
My next epic challenge in the “RBC GrandFondo Forte” on 10th September 2022, a 152 km (97 mile) ride from Vancouver to Whistler, with 10,000 feet of climbing. Your donation to the IWMF will help get me on the bike on those days when I do not feel like training or keep me on the bike when I find the training hard. Your support will motivate me to keep climbing those hills towards the finish line in Whistler.
I know I speak for all WM patients when I say we are extremely grateful for your support into the fight to fund better treatments and to find a cure.
Ride On! Chris