We mourn the loss of our dear friend Lee Pettersen. This was the message she wrote…

Dear Friends, Family and Loyal RIDE Supporters,

Normally, at this time of year, I would be regaling you with tall tales of training for the RTCC on my road bike in a sunny window. This is the tenth year of The RIDE, and was to be my ninth time doing the 220 kms. Sadly, in the past several months, my health has continued to decline and I am not longer able to participate. My focus has changed and I’m broadening my request for your support in a different place this time around.

I no longer have any treatment options so I am asking everyone to support me by donating to The Bras Drug Development Program (BDDP) at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This program is overseen by my doctor, Dr. Oza, and was created by my friend Maggie Bras, whose husband died because there were no drugs to treat his cancer. After I made my donation to the BDDP, I was told by Dr. Oza that they were creating a “Nurse Navigator” position and naming it in my honour. This “Nurse Navigator’” will help patients (like me) transition from the intensive care they get in Clinical Trials, to the reality that there are no other options. And trust me, this is a huge transition. While I continue to hope that they will come up with something, the reality is that it’s not likely.

I know you receive so many requests for donations, and if your 2017 charitable dollars are committed elsewhere, believe me I will understand. And I know I will have your support in other ways as I always have. No amount is too small. In 2015, I launched a “buy me a coffee” push to help our team get over $1 million, which raised another $1,000 towards our goal – I guess my friends are Starbucks drinkers, not Tim’s!

Below is the link. On the website, you will also find a speech I gave to at a research convention from the perspective of a patient on a clinical trial:


Please accept my heartfelt thanks.