Fight To End Cancer
We can all make a difference together.
Life can be strange sometimes. There are days when you feel invincible like you’re on top of the world, and then there are days when life throws you into situations, where nothing can prepare you for the harsh reality that awaits. For me, life hit our family hard on January 24, 2018 when my father Simon, lost his battle with cancer.
And I still remember that day like it was yesterday.
The room was filled with sadness. We were all heartbroken. Seeing my mom in tears was the most difficult. It was painful. It was tough to comprehend. My dad, who loved us all and did everything possible to ensure my 3 sisters and I had the life we had, was gone. Just like that. How could this be?
Having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, our family made sure we cherished every moment possible. The highlight was Christmas of 2017—easily his favourite time of the year. Boy was it extra special. My dad was happy. He laughed. He saw his grandchildren. We created memories. We were all together.
My father was a remarkable man. He emigrated from China in 1967 and a couple years later, he started to work for the U of T’s Faculty of Social Work as a Media Coordinator. For 47 years, he developed relationships with many students, and was very active in the university’s fundraising efforts. His relentless work ethic, total commitment and dedication, and the need to help others were a true testament to his character.
Over the next several months, I’ll be embodying those traits my dad instilled in me. Training will consist of multiple workouts per week from a conditioning and technical variety, where I’ll be pushed to the limit both mentally and physically. There will undoubtedly be ups and downs along this journey, but the constant reminder and motivation is real: I’m fighting for my dad.
Cancer undeniably impacts us all whether directly or indirectly. And to help raise money to advance cancer research and clinical care innovations make it that more important. Every patient should be given the best care possible along their journey. No individual or family should suffer. We are all in this fight together.
For my dad, he battled until the end. But that battle is far from over as my goal is to continue that fight, in the ring, to ultimately defeat cancer.