A Port Coquitlam mom given only two years to live after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 is gearing up for her fourth Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200 kilometer fundraising bike tour.
Back when doctors told Odette Pepper the bad news, she felt defeated.
Pepper had a unilateral mastectomy, but her condition took a turn for the worse in 2011 when she was told it had spread to her liver.
“I didn’t know what the heck was going on. I thought I was dead, basically I was going to die”
As the years passed, the mother of four has seen an uphill climb in her health.
Pepper says she’s still undergoing treatment.
For the past three years she’s ridden in the Ride to Conquer Cancer – At first for herself, and now….
“Every year now I ride for people, unfortunately some people we’ve lost and other are still here. But I ride for two different people every year, it makes me feel good”
She encourages people to donate to the BC Cancer foundation, saying the foundation gives people hope.
“It doesn’t matter how much you donate, it can be a dollar. Every dollar counts, nothing goes to waste.”
Pepper hopes to raise $5000 towards a $70,000 goal with her Cap’s Westwood Cycle team.