Shelley Wood has a big heart. I’m not just talking about a big strong heart muscle from all that cycling that she does… I’m talking about a generous heart! She’s passionate about cycling and has found a way to make that passion work for others by participating in cycling events which raise money for kids with cancer. One of the notable things about the charity that Shelley is involved with is that 100% of the funds raised goes directly to the kids. This year she is doing the “HERO RIDE” which is to take place on June 1st, 2013. She’s still short of her goal of raising $2,500. Click here to read more about Shelley and to donate.
I was stopped in the city market today by Sarah Herring and Shelley Wood. They asked me to buy a raffle ticket. I have to be honest I’m usually not interested but today they had their hooks in me. You see… Shelley is cycling across Canada in the 2012 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. Cycling and cancer are two words that have been in my vocabuary a lot lately so I couldn’t refuse…They were speaking my language! I bought a ticket and I would encourage you to do the same. You can also follow Shelley’s blog at http://shelleywood.snkcr.com/ and sponsor her on-line.
If you’ve been following my cycling blog at all you may have noticed a marked lack of updates recently. My husband/soul mate/cycling partner was diagnosed with Leukemia and admitted to the hospital a week ago today. How did this happen? Last Thursday he went in for routine blood work. Our family doctor called on Friday morning to say that there was a problem and they were admitting him on Sunday for further test. That’s when they told us that he has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and that he would be in the hospital for 4-5 weeks. Likely off work for 6 months. He has a tough battle ahead…
Today is day 6 of chemo and he’s doing as well as can be expected. He’s otherwise healthy with what the doctor described as “the heart of an athlete”. He says I probably saved his life by getting him in to cycling, fit and ready to take on this aggressive treatment. We won’t know for another week if he will need a bone marrow transplant.
For 3 weeks leading up to his diagnosis he was feeling tired with a general lack of energy but chalked it up to not enough sleep, job stress etc… 2 weeks ago we cycled 65 km and he found it difficult. He was convinced that something was wrong with his bike. Strange that it never occurred to him that there might be something wrong with him.
You just never think that something like this will happen to you or the ones you love. Hug your cycling buddy today.