I got half of the battle – will you please back me up?
On July 6, 2013, I will be taking a step forward, and running to raise awareness and continue the battle against cancer. I will be running 10K for the Underwear Affair in Vancouver (benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation) and I need your help!
I’m running in memory of my grandma (Nanay), Rose Ramirez who fought cancer below the waist on November 2011. Seeing her and my grandfather (Tatay) gradually say goodbye to us was one of the most painful situations I’d ever been in. Growing up, my grandparents were just a couple of doors down away from childhood home in Quezon City, Philippines. My grandparents took me everywhere they went, and I truly enjoyed being pampered by them.
When we had to leave for Canada in 2001, I didn’t realize that every return trip I made from that time was a forever goodbye to a loved one. November 2011 began my one-month goodbye to Nanay and Tatay. Nanay was diagnosed with cancer below the waist in March 2011, and we found that it was crucial for us to see her as soon as we could. Every day of my trip, I saw Nanay laying on her bed, in silence, grappling with pain that cancer has punished her frail body with. A few times I had prayed with her, a few times I had visited her, but seldom it was for me to talk to her as she was in so much pain. I never thought that this is how I would have had my last conversations with Nanay.
My family left the Philippines in tears, with Nanay in the hospital. She was being wheeled away in her bed from her room, being taken for her radioactive treatment. It was like a scene from a movie, loved ones crying out of desperation and heartbreak knowing that this was it. I wish this had been cut from what could have been a happy ending. And the sad thing is, I thought she’d get better.
Unfortunately, on November 17, 2011, 9 days after Tatay’s demise (November 8, two days before his birthday on November 10), she had lost the battle. Fortunately, my father and I were on the phone with her the previous night.
The last thing I can do for her, for my family, and even for me, would be to continue fighting her battle, and I hope that you could help me. I need you to fight for the Rose in your life too. At the Underwear Affair, I will run for Nanay and will cross the finish line, not only as a challenge to myself, but to let cancer know that this is not the end of it.
I will #RunForRose even when running is a difficult personal challenge, as I’ve always hated running. As someone who did not come from an athletic background, this truly is a hurdle I must overcome. I will #RunForRose because Nanay and all the other cancer patients deserve more than us giving up; it’s time we stop taking things for granted. We must do something about it, and I hope that you choose to join me.
Please donate to the Underwear Affair to uncover the cure, and hopefully through me. All proceeds go towards the BC Cancer Foundation. I am 40% into my goal of $500, and if 30 people donate at least $10 in the next 30 days, then we all have made a significant contribution to uncover the cure. I hope you do it for your loved ones too.