BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK
EVENT DATE: Sep 01, 2013
I'm raising money for the PRINCESS MARAGARET CANCER CARE CENTRE in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I'm in training to cycle 4,000 miles from Winnipeg, MB (my birthplace) to Los Angeles, CA (my adult home) and speak give motivational talks along the way to various groups.
I was struck with a ACC - ADENOID CYSTIC CARCINOMA - a rarer form of neck cancer that grew in my parotid gland. I had the tumor, the gland, and my facial nerve stem removed November 24, 2009. A team of 10 worked on me in the OR for over 12 hours. They harvested donor tissue & nerve from my back to build out my neck/jaw/face. I then endured 37 bouts of radiation. I was off work for about a year but am fully, successfully in remission and back on track with my life.