Today we were joined by Dr Denis-Claude Roy, also a hemotologist and researcher at HMR, and his wife Diane. We all cycled together along the Loire, from Orleans past Sandillon, Jargeau, Chateauneuf sur Loire, St-Benoit sur Loire, Sully sur Loire to Gien, a little over 80kms in all, down country roads, past vast fields of mustard, and villages which have existed for a thousand years. It seems that down every road is a quaint village, a marvellous chateau or church or an incredible vista, some of which are below.
Being with two of the doctors who treated me, and saved my live, is very special - until my illness I never realized how extraordinary they are, completely devoted to their patients and saving lives, working hard and long to help us all. They deserve your support and generosity.
The response to our ride has been fabulous, people we meet along the way are interested, people at home are contributing, and the french media have picked up the story. If you haven`t already done so, please contribute
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with acute leukemia. I was 49 years old, with a wonderful wife and two adorable children, many fulfilling interests, and a great career, In short, a charmed life. From one day to the next, I was thrown into a battle of life and death.
Thanks to the wonders of science, the help of devoted, caring and skilled doctors and nurses, and a bone marrow transplant (from my brother) I survived. More importantly, through the experience of my illness and recovery, I have grown and flourished.
To celebrate my recovery, and all those without whom it would have been impossible, I cycled across Europe in April and May 2010, and the blog of my trip is at www.acelebrationoflife.blogspot.com.
In 2012 I published Portraits of Hope, see www.portraitsofhope.ca.
This year, to mark the 10th anniversary of my reciverywe established the Maryse and William Brock Chair in Applied Research into Stem Cell Transplantation.
Together we can beat leukemia.