Introducing one of the newest members of the Cancervive family, Motoko Sasabe. From Osaka, Japan, Motoko a dedicated cyclist always willing to help support and build up newer riders. She is also has a great sense of humour and bakes a mean madeleine. We should know, we’ve been lucky enough to try her baking.
Here’s what Motoko had to say about why she’s riding in this year’s Cancervive Cycle Tour. Her family’s story is a heartbreaking one, to say the least, and shows how when a family loses someone to cancer the collateral damage can be just as devastating.
“On any given day between March and December you can find me on my bike. I just love to ride my bike. In fact, I don’t even have a driver’s license.
In 2016 a member of my boyfriend’s family was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. The family would try to fight it, but at stage 4 the chances weren’t good. Between the chemo and just dealing with the illness it put an incredible strain on the family member’s relationship with my boyfriend’s father; he was watching her die.
After she passed away he was broken, the wind had been taken from his sails and there was no support for him. He had a history of heart disease and just stopped taking his medications without letting his family know.
Within one year cancer took two very important people from my extended family. One of them died of the actual disease and the other died in the aftermath.
I will be riding for them. We want to make sure that those diagnosed with this awful affliction have the support they need to fight it without sacrificing the rest of their life. I’m also riding for those left behind, the people dealing with the death of a loved one, the person they’d grown to depend on to make it through everyday.
I am riding for Sharon Hatfield and Don Burchill.”
Thank you, Motoko, for being brave enough to share your family’s story. The aftermath of cancer is often as devastating as the disease itself. We’re proud that you’ve found the courage to shed light on this fact and we’re very proud to call you part of the Cancervive family.
If you’d like to support Motoko’s ride, you can donate here: