Morning Glory Cloud

Morning Glory Cloud
Morning Glory over Massacre Inlet (photo: Diane Davey)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Why the Stand by You Cancer Foundation?

You had cancer. That's how you want to find out: Had. Not have, Had. That's how I found out. How lucky am I! They found it when they took my thyroid out due to Graves Disease. It's all gone now. The thyroid and the cancer.

I wasn't as lucky a few weeks later when I was retrenched from work. Thank goodness it wasn't the other way around! I'm also very fortunate to have a wonderful, loving and supporting husband who was there for me all the way through. As I was recovering, I couldn't help but think of the many people who are not so lucky and have to live with cancer or with a loved one who has cancer. I wanted to do something to try and help a little bit.

I lost much of my fitness due to Graves Disease so fun runs were not really an option, but I liked the idea of doing something fun for a cause. I could not resist stepping up the 'fun' bit to another level and going straight to the top of my 'bucket list' (the list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket). Having been a glider pilot for 13 years, a trip to the Gulf of Carpenteria to 'cloud surf' along a rare cloud called Morning Glory was what I had always dreamed of. So with the encouragement and support of my husband & friends and a green light from the doctors, I decided I would give it a go.

I chose the Stand by You Cancer Foundation as my fundraising cause for this trip because of all those who find out that they have cancer. Those who really need someone to stand by them. The funds raised are used for a range of different needs such as childcare while attending chemo treatments, specialist bandages, wigs etc. etc. When I met with CiCi, Robyn and Mike from the Foundation, they told me a bit about how the foundation provides support to those living with cancer. I was struck by how much day to day activities can be up ended by this terrible illness. Things that don't come to mind until you really have a think about it. I hope my fundraising efforts can help make life a bit more bearable and maybe even provide a bit of inspiration.
All the funds I'm raising are going to the Foundation, not to me. I am funding all the expenses for the trip myself (see what I mean about having a fabulously supportive husband!) For the small effort taken to set up the donation page, adding the fundraising element to the trip is adding to the pleasure of doing it, knowing I can help people simply doing what I love to do, fly. Also importantly, as I fly above some of the most remote places on the planet, your comments of support will ensure that I'm never on my own. Thanks for that!

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