Once I decided to give the Murray River Canoe Marathon a go, I was chatting to my wife and suggesting possible causes to raise funds for. After a few worthy suggestions, she stopped me and said, "well given my sister has very recently had breast cancer I'd have thought that would be a good choice"
It wasn't the suggestion of supporting BCNA that hit home as it's a fantastic organisation but it made me realise that as soon as you're one step removed from the issue / disease, it becomes very easy to become complacent.
Here I am tucked up at night with my healthy family and my sister in law and her family have the worry, the stress, the operations, the endless doctors visits and unfortunately the inevitable chemotherapy sessions that almost all breast cancer sufferers have to endure. While we think about their wellbeing often, when it's not you, your wife or your children it's easy to become caught up in your own priorities.
So for this event, I'm using my beautiful sister in law Lisa as my inspiration. 400 km's in 5 days will no doubt be tough both physically and mentally but not when compared to what she has been through. I just hope I'm a tough as she is.
If you've ever had a family member or friend have the misfortune of being affected by breast cancer then I'd really appreciate your support to help the organisation that never becomes complacent and keeps supporting those we love.