It’s been a year since Kayte Turney’s world was turned upside down.

In the spring of 2018, Kayte was approached by a member of the community, encouraging her to get involved with Ride for Cancer. Hosted in partnership by the QEII Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Ride for Cancer is Atlantic Canada’s largest cycling fundraising event that is advancing cancer care here at home.

With no connection to cancer in her immediate circle of friends and family, Kayte reflected on her personal mantra: The more you have, the more you give. Kayte has always subscribed to a community-focused mentality, one that believes everyone should play their part in making the world a better place. Kayte signed up as a Team Captain for her corporate team at EY Halifax.

Around the same time, Kayte also found out that she was pregnant for the first time. She was in a great place with her career, feeling healthy and happy — everything was coming together just right. Summer was just around the corner, and Kayte had big plans to go on training rides with her EY team, organize fundraisers and inspire her whole office to rally together around Ride for Cancer.

Fast forward to August, and Kayte started to feel as though something was off, she listened to her body and went to get checked out. Through a series of tests and assessments at the QEII and IWK health centres, her pregnancy was deemed as not viable.

Through this devastating news, Kayte also found out that she had a molar pregnancy, where abnormal cells were created inside the womb. This put her at risk of developing cancer. Prior to learning this, Kayte had never heard of a molar pregnancy.

“I think it’s important that we talk about these experiences in women’s health,” says Kayte. “The more we connect on these issues, the stronger our community becomes. No one needs to feel alone.”

With the 2018 Ride for Cancer event just around the corner, Kayte found her reason to ride hitting closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Not only did Kayte’s vision of becoming a new mom start to fade away, she was now awaiting test results to hear whether or not she would be diagnosed with brain, lung or liver cancer as per the risks associated with her molar pregnancy.

Never one to slow down when things get tough, Kayte held her head high and led her team through the 25-kilometre trail route on Ride day. It was during her ride that it all really hit her. Things had come full circle and she was reminded of why she got involved in the first place — to help people — because we all have to play our part and we never know when we might need support ourselves.

In January of 2019, Kayte was given the all-clear — against the odds, she is cancer-free. This year, Kayte has stepped up once again to face the fight with her EY team and the Ride community.

“As a team captain in my office, I get to be a teacher. I get to inspire my colleagues and my community to give back and support this incredible cause that affects us all. It’s empowering and I love sharing that feeling with others,” says Kayte.

Ride for Cancer takes place on Sept. 28, 2019. This year, funds raised through Ride for Cancer will help stop cancer in its tracks for women like Kayte by purchasing state-of-the-art colposcopy equipment. This equipment is critical in diagnosing and treating cervical cancer and treating precancerous cell changes before they develop into cancer.

This year, the Ride community will also support Atlantic Canada’s first surgical robotics system that will treat a range of cancers, fund research to discover new treatments and cures for blood cancer and fuel individualized support programs for cancer patients and their families.

On Sept. 12, a little more than two weeks before the big event, the Ride for Cancer community will take over the airwaves on C100 FM to share inspiring stories from riders like Kayte who are facing the fight against cancer alongside a community of more than 800 riders and thousands of supporters.

A donation from a rider who is committed to establishing best-in-class care, right here at home, has made a game-changing commitment to match every donation on Sept. 12 up to $50,000. This generous donor says, “Too many friends have been affected by this disease and we just need to beat it.” She is leading the pack with her gift that will inspire a community to come together and make a record-breaking impact for this year’s event.

Tune in to C100 FM on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to join this dedicated community on a day that’s sure to make a big impact.

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