My Activity Tracking
My target 126 kms
I'm fundraising for a great cause!
I am riding in Athina’s Ride to raise funds for Desmoid research through The Desmoid Tumour Foundation of Canada (DFC).
Desmoid Tumours are extremely rare, affecting 2-4/million. They are locally aggressive and can cause life threatening problems or even death when they invade vital organs. The tendency for recurrence with surgery makes the treatment of these very rare tumours challenging.
Rare conditions like Desmoids are underfunded, often leading to misdiagnosis and discrepancies in treatment. Athina’s Ride is a new Virtual Cycling Event that will bring riders together everywhere to help raise money for this important research.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal to find a cure for Desmoid Tumours.
The DFC is the only not-for-profit in Canada dedicated to finding new treatments and hopefully a cure for desmoid tumours. In a year made more difficult by the ongoing pandemic, your donations will make a huge impact.
To donate securely, visit my fundraising page! While you’re there, be sure to check out my progress leading up to the big ride in July and consider joining Athina’s Ride with me!
Thanks so much for your support xo Gayle
Putting a face to the Disease… my friend DavidTuesday 10th May
All proceeds from Athina's Ride benefit
David's Story: A Doctor Living
with a Desmoid Tumour
David was a healthy, young, active 21-year-old studying for his medical college application tests (MCATs) when he first noticed a painful swelling in his abdomen. He saw several specialists in Toronto before being diagnosed with a desmoid tumour. To better understand his treatment options for this orphan disease, as well as the cause of his nightly fevers and drenching sweats, David and his parents also sought out specialists in the United States.
His physicians couldn’t agree on the best course of action. Surgeons wanted to operate; cancer specialists wanted to shrink the cells with different forms of chemotherapy. Ultimately, it was decided that it was too dangerous to operate. However, it could prove fatal if left untreated. David endured nearly two years of IV chemotherapy before the tumour responded.
Now 32, David is a medical doctor burdened with the knowledge that he has not been cured. The tumour is still in his abdomen. It is smaller and less painful, but still present, able to flare up and start growing again. There are few available treatment options.
If you are interested in helping people like David in the fight against desmoid tumours, please consider registering for Athina's Ride and fundraising for the Desmoid Tumour Foundation of Canada or consider a donation to help support research by clicking on the link below:
Together, we can find a cure!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Hilton & Ellenor Sacks
Julie & Charles Goldberg