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Bonnie's Race for Hope
Ironman Canada - Sun, Aug 29, 2010

In January 2006, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and her world fell apart. She underwent excruciating chemotherapy treatments and a precarious liver transplant to remove the tumours, but all to no avail. The cancer came back and we had to face the inevitable.

My heart and soul cried out in anguish and that "little girl" inside of me, with insecure, selfish, little girl needs of love and affection, awakened and wailed.

I realized how much I still needed my mother.

And though I knew it would be difficult, I would have to let her go, ready or not. So, for every day that I still had my mother, I loved her as deeply and tenderly as I could.

On April 24, 2009, my precious mother slipped away quietly after a courageous three-year battle. Watching her struggle was extremely difficult. I could not heal her nor could I take away her suffering. I felt completely powerless.

I realize though that I DO NOT have to remain powerless. As a member of Operation Triumph, a charity group formed by friends, I can help in the fight against cancer by fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society.

My mother is my hero and my inspiration in my Race for Hope. My participation in Ironman is dedicated to my mother with all my love.

On August 29, 2010, I will be racing Ironman Canada in Penticton, B.C. It is a brutal triathlon consisting of a 4 km swim, 180 km cycle and a 42 km run ... ALL in one day! I hope to be able to finish within the time limit of 17 hours and without being taken away in an ambulance.

Accomplishing this will take dedication, perseverance and courage as my mind must push my body farther than it is physically able to do. Preparing for this race has been exhausting and complicated as a broken shoulder joint earlier this year shortened my training program from six months to 11 weeks. Neither the training nor the actual race will be as grueling and difficult though as what my mother had to endure in her fight against cancer.

I ask that you please sponsor my Race for Hope and help me reach my fundraising goal of $2,000. Donations can be made online or by mail by clicking here. All donations go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society and tax receipts are available.

Your support and encouragement mean so much to me. Thank you for your generosity. Together, we can conquer cancer!

Warm regards,

Bonnie Mak
Captain, Operation Triumph

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Ironman Canada 2010

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