June 11, 2014 12:31 am

Cancer survivor now taking on the Ride 2 Survive

Gary Rae

Global Okanagan

Sixteen months after his cancer diagnosis, Gary Rae views every day as a gift, and even though he’s still a year away from officially getting the “all clear” from his oncologist, he is feeling strong, healthy and very very thankful.

But in early 2013 he was not well. Rae checked himself into the Kelowna General Hospital and within 24 hours doctors removed an egg-sized tumour from his stomach.

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Five months of precautionary chemotherapy followed his surgery and through all of the physical and emotional ups and downs there was one constant – Rae found peace on his bike.

Rae’s renewed zest for life and his desire to help in the mission to eradicate the disease that took his mother’s life 13 years ago, and threatened his own, led him to the Ride 2 Survive.

Rae is collecting pledges as he prepares to cycle 400-km from West Kelowna to Delta. It is a seven hour journey that will see riders climb about 12,000 vertical feet over the Okanagan Connector and Coquihalla.

Rae is training hard, riding towards his own happy ending all the while thankful for what he calls the privilege of being a survivor.

To donate to Rae’s cause, you can do so on the Canadian Cancer Society website.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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