I decided to take some time off to join the charity ride - Cycle of Hope - during the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2010 event recently.
This cycling event was in support of cancer research funding for the cancer centre I'm working at.
What began as a ride for fun and exercise turned out to be much more meaningful than I ever expected.
We had students from MGS, fellow colleagues, our own spouses and friends joining in to support...but the most heartwarming support came from our own cancer survivors who joined in the ride, and were led by the highly inspirational Dr William Tan - a neuroscientist and a wheelchair ultramarathon champion best known for his fund raising efforts the world over.
Staff and students of National Cancer Centre Singapore seen here with Dr William Tan.
From left -Dr Tao, Dr Toh, students Sin Keong and Siauhui, Olive, myself and Dr Koong.
Rizal and hubby joined in the ride.
At the end of it all, I came out of the ride with a new resolve...and that is to help spread the word...that cancer research and funding are imperative in the development of new drugs and treatment modalities, which suffice it to say, require years of research and clinical trials, and are therefore very expensive.
We can all try to contribute, in whatever way we can, to fund such studies, and hopefully with every new drug or treatment being developed, a new hope is born and many more lives and families can be touched....