Monday, May 25, 2009

Thanks for the compliment but....

I really do appreciate the time many have taken to donate and send emails to me regarding the ride, but lets be clear....I'm no hero!  Crazy maybe, but definitely not heroic.  I always have said that when I was told I had cancer, I just kept saying, "put one foot in front of the other..and just keep going".   That is no different than a single mother who has spent years caring for a daughter with Crohns or a dynamic senior citizen who stood by her son dying of AIDS and carried on a foundation in his memory - you just keep going, putting one foot in front of the other.
What propels me is the concept of "What if ?"  Not in a guilt ridden way,  but what if you had the opportunity to do something to make the world a little bit better...wouldn't you do it?  What if by skipping Starbucks a couple of times a week you could help a child without means, have access to all the books and tools they needed to finish high school...wouldn't you do it?  What if that child by finishing school finds the cure for cancer...isn't it worth it?  
Recently I heard Mia Farrow speak and she summed it up by saying that "With knowledge comes responsibility....and now you know".
That's pretty much it...I know what it is to live with cancer.  I know that the problem with a safety net is that just like any other net it has holes.  I know that together we can create a world class cancer center at the MUHC.
And so I pedal, faster and further.  38 kms in my latest training ride.  For those who have been kind enough to inquire, no I haven't developed the callous and frankly I am not sure that Bag Balm sounds any better than Assos of Switzerland!  
By the that you know....what are you going to do about it?  or - what if ?????


  1. Hero - A 'hero' - from Greek, in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, the offspring of a mortal and a deity, their cult being one of the most distincitve features of ancient Greek religion.
    You are right Sam - you don't qualify. But wait!
    Later, hero came to refer to characters that in the face of danger or adversity or from a position of weekness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice - that is, heroism - for some greater good, originally of martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence. fit the bill. Take the title...wear it well. Be proud of what you are doing and know that you inspire those around you. At least you do me, mind always have.
    Much love my friend...I am with you all the way....