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Today I was driving through Surrey after work, as I took a sip of water in my R2S water bottle, I catch a glimpse of the traffic behind me in my rear view mirror.  Back a distance, I saw what appeared to be the R2S Honda civic.  After a light and a lane change, I can now clearly see it is in fact the R2S civic driving passed me.  In this moment I get a rush of those same feelings from the event day / evening.  A few words that come to mind are proud, honoured, and humbled to be part of such and incredible event.  There are truly no words to describe what a person feels when participating in the ride 2 survive as a crew member.  I can only imagine what the riders feel, as their bodies literally feel ever second of the ride itself.

At our group meeting and sharing session, the question "why are you here?" was asked to the group.  I was so overwhelmed with emotions which had been building for the months, weeks, days and hours leading up to the ride, I was barely able to say much of anything before the emotions were trying to burst out.

I had originally signed up for R2S after being at the welcome in for 2017.  When everyone starting rolling in, I knew this event was in on a grand scale, something I not only wanted to be a part of, but needed to be a part of. I registered as soon as I could, still not knowing what any of this meant.  A few seconds into our group meeting, I knew what all this was and why we were all there. 

Instantly, these strangers sitting around me, were somehow now mh family. I was there for them. I was there to continue the fight for my brother who was sitting beside me as a 10 year brain cancer survivor.  I was there to continue the fight for my dear friend and her 2 young boys who on valentines day this year lost their best friend, husband and father. I was there for myself,  who at 33 was one of the lucky ones who was diagnosed early with stage 0 cervical cancer, which for me, meant my treatment was surgery and 6 weeks recovery and I would be healthy again. I was there for my Nana, Grandad, and Uncle....the list, sadly, could go on and on....

One thing I learned watching my brothers amazing fight for his life, is that cancer may be a beast, but it is not as strong as it thinks. I learned that your battle starts and ends with how you choose to fight.  If you stand together to fight cancer, you've already won! It may take your body, but it will never, ever, take your soul!

A song I hold dear to my heart and soul, which has continued to repeat whenever I think of R2S is "Rise up" by Andra Day.  Let's continue our fight every way possible! Until 2019 R2S! 

A very special thank you to the Kunzli Family for starting the Ride 2 Survive, and to every single person who has contributed in some way shape or form, THANK YOU. I has been an honour and privilege to be a part of the R2S Family.  I truly am humbled and blessed by all of you. Thank you!❤ 

Much love and light my R2S Family!❤Jaimie