Let’s Shift A Greater %age of Cancer Donations
To the Healing of Patient Recovery
Instead of the Vague Promises of Elimination.


Most of you already know my brother David (14 months younger than me) was diagnosed with cancer. He had the surgery, radiation and chemo treatments. He’s half his size in weight, re-learning to speak clearly and almost a year in, is still feeding through a tube inserted directly into his stomach.

But the weird thing is, David never smoked. Yet cancer turned his tongue into a massive tumour that even after being cut and radiated out, leaves him struggling to speak and swallow. He’s gone through crap, to say the least.

My passion to support his recovery and be of service to him and many more in his predicament is actually all about where donation money is going!

His journey became our journey. As his family and friends, we wanted to serve in any way we could.

I decided to shave my head. My husband talked me out of it and instead decided to shave his own. Thank you Randy – I love you!

With shorter hair but still with hair, I wrote a letter to a not-for-profit, Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic, and asked Terri, Bryan’s mother who is also a personal friend of ours, to take a donation-oriented challenge. You can read the original heart-wrenching story here – David’s Story.

You see, Bryan and his family donate annually to Alberta Cancer Foundation and are inspiring other organizations to do what they are. They insist, even before I challenged them, that all donations go directly into patient care and not so much into research.

Wow! What an inspiration!

Now I’m not saying that research isn’t necessary. Of course it is. But literally, billions are going into research and little to none is going into the current high need: immediate patient care.

My challenge is to answer truthfully, “Why can’t a greater percentage go into patient care and healing instead of the black hole of research!?!”

Our other brother Terrance is inspired to bike his butt off in a 2-day major cycling event called the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. We know that Alberta Cancer Foundation invests in research. However, they also spread the donations – up to 15% goes directly into patient care and not just research. We want that percentage to increase.

How can you help me? How can you help my brother David? How can you help my brother Terrance? He’s putting a team together which he called Spoketacular! Maybe you would like to bike it too? That too would be excellent!

If you could ask your customers for donations; if you could give a few dollars yourself; if you could ask your family and friends to donate’ if you want to join Spoketacular – I know we can come up with funds that will go directly to healing and caring for the people who need support immediately.

Click here to visit Terrance’s personal page.
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?px=2648532&pg=personal&fr_id=1372&fl=en_US&et=wEKILmE44W7-aNCbG0HJbg..&s_tafId=252611

Click here to view the team page for Spoketacular
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?team_id=42520&pg=team&fr_id=1372&fl=en_US&et=cZ9Zfcn_vusZHqjyUxCa9A..&s_tafId=252611

Your donations will generate a tax receipt.

I need your support because I believe this is important. Far, far too many of us have family and friends faced with cancers…. Will you help us direct more donations to patient care and healing?

About team Spoketacular. He and his son (my nephew) Mark Pysyk, #3 of the Edmonton Oil Kings, will be cycling for two whole days along the majestic Rockies with thousands of other Riders. All the proceeds will go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support cancer research and for treatment, and services. The Alberta Cancer Foundation is a leading comprehensive institution devoted to cancer research and care, and the work they’re doing is cutting-edge.

Terrance and Mark have agreed to raise at least $5,000. My wish is to support at least that Terrance meet his personal goal of $2500. So here’s where you come in, because I need your help to do that.

Could you please consider making a donation of $100? or more? or whatever you can? Use the link at the bottom of this email to go visit the webpage, and please take the time to support us – because you’ll also be supporting that loved one you know who also has cancer and needs your help.

Please keep in mind the commitment we’re all making to end this heartbreaking disease and the personal efforts we’ll have to make to accomplish this.

When I say “heartbreaking,” here’s what I mean: according to the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2009, 171,000 new cases of cancer and 75,300 deaths from cancer occurred in 2009. The information also shows that over 45% of men and 40% of women will develop cancer in their lifetime and 1 in all 4 Canadians will die of cancer.

He’s riding to do something BIG about cancer. I hope that you’ll share this incredible adventure with us by supporting Terrance in his fundraising efforts.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

For those of you that want to join the team, you will need Password spktclr37 to be able to complete your registration with Spoketacular.

Click here to visit Terrance’s personal page.
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?px=2648532&pg=personal&fr_id=1372&fl=en_US&et=wEKILmE44W7-aNCbG0HJbg..&s_tafId=252611

Click here to view the team page for Spoketacular
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?team_id=42520&pg=team&fr_id=1372&fl=en_US&et=cZ9Zfcn_vusZHqjyUxCa9A..&s_tafId=252611

Again, thank you, I appreciate you, and great job today!

Patricia Ogilvie

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