This is Juno Beach in Dieppe present day, and the day after landing. My dad was a Red Cross medic, didnt carry a gun, he was captured not far from here in France. He spent two years in a prison camp. After I became a firefighter I understood why he never talked about the war. I never talked much about my job after either.
On landing 90% of these boys never made it past the beach and when you look at their scared faces you can see many never even made it past 17. Proud to be a Canadian here. These men fought for your freedom, never forget their sacrifices.
A song of honor:
My favourite meditation spot on my bike route. I go there at noon each time for lunch break and meditate every Sunday. Even if it rains. The ocean air clears the mind to help it through my next cancer challenge .
Never Forget 9/11
As I battle my tumor, I think of the 202 firefighters and 241 NYPD officers have died in event related illness since then. I think of countless other firefighters with work related cancer. My high school friend that beat lung cancer inspired me, and offered me lunch after my battle. Others I so wish I could just see, but I cant. Peace!
On that day Sept 11
343 - NYFD
60 - NYPD
8 - EMT's and 1 NY city Patrol man all went to work and never came home again.
2996 people lost their lives.On shift change that day at my fire station none of us went home.
In this pic Assistant Chief Gerard A. Barbara looks up at the burning towers. Moments later he would go in, never to return.
All gave some...some gave all.
My poor body has had some of the most painful medical treatments and tests known to man. Needles, surgery, chemo, radiation etc. I never gave up hope and stayed positive, even though my film may make you cry a bit.
Almost everyone in my life past and present will be in the film, even the ones that left my life.
But my annual follow up tests are the worst. Not the tests or waiting for results, its the poor people in the clinic. The new ones that cry, the seasoned ones looking at the floor with no hair, frail and weak, and the poor children. No discrimination in cancer. I am healthy, I can leave, they cant. I feel so bad leaving to go out to a bright sunny day, cars driving people laughing busily hurrying along. Ignoring the fact that inside that building its not sunny at all its raining. Please be thankful every day for your health, because it may just keep you out of there !
I sat under this magical tree a lot in beautiful Jericho Park on the ocean, when the Doctors thought I might die 15 years ago. Sorry Docs I lived .... a lot. I pictured the trunk as big tough knots in life that eventually found their way into long beautiful branches. Since then, I have sat here with a few people that had big tough knots in their lives with relationships etc. I listened, meditated and held them when they cried. I miss them.
They eventually branched out beautifully.
Rough Water Swim: West Vancouver to Kitsilano Beach: Monday August 5 @ 7 am.
9.5 km across Vancouver’s English Bay. And it’s not an easy 9.5 km swim! This race is a significant undertaking both physically and mentally. Tides and weather within the Bay can significantly increase the distance and time you are required to swim. Water temperature can vary over the course depending on the season; swimmers should expect and be prepared for temperatures between 12 °C in the channel and up to 22 °C near the finish.
Enjoying Whistler's famous mountain size giant date bars. After months of training, eat, sleep, repeat, I'm following my sports medicine Doctors orders. The final week before Ironman, eat, eat, eat a lot more, ride and swim a bit and sleep. my favourite is the prescription to eat a cheesebeger 90 km into the 180 km ride segment in the race. It has all the protein, fat and carbohydrates needed and it worked last year. Atletes will burn up to 10,000 calories.
My motivation to finish is: possibly a Kona world champs race entry, the whole day after race at Skandinav spa and massage booked. Then a week on Alta lake, after the boys of summer have gone with paddle team friends just relaxing and eating .
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE