Featured Rider Story
“The Ride to Conquer Cancer is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. It is not only an event to raise money for cancer, it is something much more than that.”
For Kelowna resident Jessica Brix, 2015 marks her 7th Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation. It will also mark six years since her twin sister Michele passed away from a six-month battle with Malignant Melanoma at age 22.
At the age of 21, Jessica tragically came to realize how short life is when her twin sister Michele was diagnosed with Stage-4 cancer that spread to her brain and multiple organs. In the moment of her diagnosis, Michele’s family was turned upside down as the doctors explained that her disease was incurable. For Jessica, the most difficult part was understanding how this could happen while she remained healthy. As she explains, “It was hard for me because I couldn’t change what was happening to her and couldn’t heal her, but I knew I had to change the future. Everything changed for me then.” Jessica’s journey began in that moment.
Sadly, Michele passed away on June 24th, 2009, leaving behind her toddler daughter and countless grieving family members and friends. It was 3 days after her twin sister crossed the finish line of her first Ride to Conquer Cancer.
After cycling over 1500 kilometers over the last six years, Jessica could not imagine her life without The Ride to Conquer Cancer.
“The Ride has become part of me, part of my life. It is my therapy. It helps me remember my twin sister,” Jessica said.
“I remember everything about her... her laugh, her voice and her incredible sense of humor. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. It is not only an event to raise money for cancer, it is something much more than that. It is a family of riders who have come together for the same reason; to help conquer cancer." Jessica misses her sister everyday and will Ride once again this August with her heart full of gratitude for all of her gracious supporters.