Sindy Hooper

Surf City 1/2 Marathon

Surf City 1/2 Marathon

More Photos

Fund Photo Page

Team Fundraising Goal: $50,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 246
Total Value of Gifts: $48,192.00

Recent Donors

Sheldon Bussey

Wendy Allison-McCulloch

Lorne & Laurie Shusterman

Nancy Warren

Jerry Johnston

Robbie Ray and Ray Family in Memory of Patrick Ray

John & Pauline Strickland

Judy & Tom Faloon

$1 for each mile I wore my PCC Jersey at IMMT - J

Janet and Mike i

Full Donor List Opens new window.Full Donor List

If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.

Anything is possible ...

Hi. My name is Sindy. I live in Ottawa, Canada and spend most of my time as a mom, wife and triathlete. I love to swim, bike and run. 2012 was a very special and memorable year for me as I trained for my first Ironman and tried, for the first time, to qualify for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship.

Through the spring and summer of 2012 my husband Jon and I spent a lot of time training with a wonderful group of friends. We trained through the week and spent most weekends swimming, biking and running from morning to dinner time. We loved the active, healthy lifestyle and the friendships that were developed as we tackled longer and longer training days together.

In June I raced a half Ironman (2k swim, 90k bike, 211k run) in Cambridge Maryland and missed qualifying for the Ironman World Championship by one place. In August I completed my first Ironman (4k swim,180k bike,42.2k run) in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, loved the day, finished in 11 hours and 38 minutes, and missed going to Hawaii by 2 places. Ironman was so much fun that a bunch of us registered for Ironman Canada, August 25th 2013 in Whistler BC.

Around my 50th birthday on Dec 9th, I started having some upper abdominal and mid back pain. At Christmas my skin became itchy and at New Year's I had stomach cramping and some diarrhea. On Jan 1st I was exceptionally tired after a 15k slow run and on Jan 2nd my eyes looked jaundiced. Jon arranged for blood work and an ultrasound that afternoon at The Civic Hospital, thinking I might have gall stones.

After an exceptionally long ultrasound the radiologist told me I had a malignant tumor on my pancreas, a cancer. Shock, disbelief, my world felt shattered. How is this possible when I'm in the best shape of my life? When Jon and I were alone I asked him "Is this a good cancer or a bad cancer to have?" He replied "a bad one" and we both cried, hugging each other not knowing what to say next.

I soon learned that the predisposing factors for pancreatic cancer are smoking, obesity, age over 55, African American heritage, pancreatitis, and diabetes. I had none of them. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in Canada and the lifetime probability of developing pancreatic cancer is approximately 1 in 79. It has the highest mortality rate of all the major cancers; 75% die within the first year of their diagnosis (most within the first 3 - 6 months) and 94% of patients die within 5 years. Surgery offers the best chance for long term survival, however, only 15% of patients are diagnosed early enough to be eligible for surgery.

I had a CT scan the next day, on January 3rd, to find out if the tumor I had was able to be removed or not. On Jan 4th I had an appointment with a really great surgeon; who confirmed that I should have surgery as soon as possible. For the next 3 days we all prayed that the tumor could be removed. I thought a lot about the possibility of only living for three to six more months, and I was absolutely terrified.

January 7th I was admitted to hospital and January 8th was surgery. I had a Whipple Procedure that lasted 7 hours and removed of my pancreas, 1/3 of my stomach, my gallbladder and duodenum. I woke to learn the tumor had been removed. I was very fortunate to be in that small group of 15%. Recovery from Whipple surgery began. Pathology showed that there was no spread to lymph nodes, blood vessels or nerves, however, there was microscopic tumour left in two spots. I started chemotherapy on February 19th, once a week for 6 months. Radiotherapy will be every weekday from mid April to mid May.

Pancreatic cancer is not as well known as other cancers but it remains the deadliest. It claims nearly as many lives each year as breast and prostate cancer combined, yet remains underfunded and misunderstood. The 5-year survival rate has remained unchanged for decades; the only cancer with a 5-year survival rate still in the single digits at 6%.

When I registered for Ironman Canada last year my goal was to finish in 11 hours, make it onto my age group podium and earn my spot to race at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. My goal now is to train for Ironman Canada, having as much fun as I can, while raising awareness about pancreatic cancer, and raising money to support pancreatic cancer research. I’d very much like to complete Ironman Canada within the 17 hour time limit and live up to the Ironman Motto "Anything is Possible."

People may wonder why continuing to be a triathlete and finishing an Ironman is so important to me while facing pancreatic cancer. One, it gets me through the dark overwhelming days, training not only keeps my body strong but my heart and soul strong as it temporarily frees me from the fears of the unknown. Second, although triathlon is an individual sport it is made up of a very supportive, loving group of people who genuinely care and encourage each other. I want to use my training to help spread awareness of pancreatic cancer.

My Journey with Pancreatic Cancer

To learn more about my experience with pancreatic cancer from diagnosis, surgery to my training for the Ironman - click on this link

Connect to my Blog - Making Every Moment Count

Guest Book

If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.

Sign the Guest Book

Records 1 - 25 of 1,001+

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Simply wanted to say that this amazing site has fascinated me and I think it's great!
My weblog; maca peruana para que serve ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Many thanks for sharing your amazing web-site.
My web blog ... The League new dvd releases ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
s promotion guide and ascertain what you would like to achieve clearly before jumping into it. What better method so with the community rather than to get them involved in many basic decisions. You might not have thought much about how exactly much of your data is tracked online, nevertheless the results can be startling.
Feel free to surf to my site - facebook advantages essay ( %url )

Beau Magrath
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Cool website you have got in here.
Check out my weblog; clash royale hack free ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Wow, lovely portal. Thnx ...
My web page :: free porn ( %url )

Lakeisha Styers
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Soyez donc mon frere et mon fils; et, que la pensee d'un hymen quelconque vous semble incestueuse et fantasque, chassez-la comme on chasse ces reves monstrueux qui nous troublent la nuit, et que nous repoussons sans effort et sans regret au reveil.
Feel free to visit my blog post magasin bio en ligne ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Lovely Web-site, Carry on the excellent job. Thanks a lot.
My page :: CHI Hair Straightener ( %url )

Jayson Kwok
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Wow, gorgeous site. Thnx ...
my web page; hotmail crear cuenta de correo nueva ( %url )

Buster Meares
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
One just needs to follow some easy steps and you can easily buy medicines. Biotechnology and pharmacy ( %url ) goes hand in hand and so does the logo as obviously the nature of the business is almost the same. Last, we will look at the products offered at spas and by dermatologists.

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Really needed to express I am just pleased I came upon your web page.
Stop by my weblog - reklama ( %url )

Consuelo Moran
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Jika Anda tidak memiliki akun Facebook, Anda dapat membuatnya untuk melihat lebih penuh tentang Halaman ini.
Also visit my weblog ... Prediksi Forex ( %url )

Arlene Atkin
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Great internet website! It looks really good! Keep up the helpful work!
Look at my weblog: registrarse en hotmail ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
You've got astonishing knowlwdge in this case.
My web page ... online marketing los angeles ( %url )

Bradly Gee
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
You are also able to find music you can hear but not identify, and download more and more instantly to the handset as you wish. The real hardware will certainly be constructed by Bullitt Group, an English business that makes a variety of ultra-rugged smartphones for building business Caterpillar and declares to produce items "making use of the untainted DNA of the brand names we deal with. Consumers should opt for a site that has a professional look, an attractive layout, and that has everything presented in such a way that it is easy for the consumer to find.
Have a look at my web site; download lagu mp3 ( %url )

Temeka Arteaga
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Wow cuz this is excellent job! Congrats and keep it up.
Feel free to visit my website - CHI Hair Products ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Wow, such a valuable website.
Feel free to surf to my web-site: top mobile game development software ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
I was hunting for a detailed everyday diet regime program and your weblog is a boon!
Look at my weblog ... fat burning home workout no equipment ( %url )

Clarissa Blakely
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
I в"г?? ?" п'???"' '? вебай" . Спа?б? за вае в'е? !
Stop by my web blog: ??к'е?'? ?а '"?ке С? ? в'?п" ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
I really like this website! Will register for certain!
Also visit my web blog - erotik porn ( %url )

Sun, Aug 28, 2016
You're an extremely practical internet site; couldn't make it without ya!
my site: can ho him lam cho lon ( %url )

Jeannie Sauceda
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Much thanks! This a fantastic internet site!
My website: MovieStarPlanet starcoins and diamonds cheat ( %url )

Eloisa Bender
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Wow, beautiful site. Thnx ...
Visit my web-site mobile games free download for nokia ( %url )

Jefferson Charteris
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
) That is one particular cause I'm just now acquiring around to blogging it. I've also been computerless for really awhile.
My weblog; best car battery 2015 ( %url )

Joleen Henderson
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
je comprends l'indifference que j'avais toujours ressentie pour tout cela: c'est que j'attendais une passion, la seule qui put remplir mon coeur, et le remplir si entierement, que rien n'y pourrait subsister magasin bio en ligne ( %url ) meme temps.

Charles Beirne
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
I appreciate the info on your web site. Much thanks.
Look at my site - m88 ( %url )

Records 1 - 25 of 1,001+

If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.

Powered by Convio