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On December 18, 2019 I learned that the next chapter in my life story is going in an unexpected direction. My single goal for now going forward is to win a battle with esophageal cancer. I plan to face this challenge with dignity, courage, humour, grace and faith in God. Other than having difficulty swallowing, I am strong, fit, and follow a healthy plant-based diet avoiding processed food.
We all cope with adversity in different ways. The life-long educator in me sees this challenge as a “teachable moment” to share with others. To that end I have created a blog to chronicle my experience. You would honour me by visiting https://philohara.ca and registering to be notified when I post new articles.
My good friend Danny Lockhart will race in my place and wear a Canadian Maple Leaf along with his stars and stripes. If my health allows, I plan to join Michael Wacker at the start line as a race marshal.
Good luck to you all. I’m proud to be a part of our cycling community.