Crossing for Cancer (2)
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt
In an effort to inspire hope for those waging a brave fight against cancer Dan Nichols hopes to complete his second lake crossing, on July 28, 2018 off the coast of Georgian Bay.
Recently, a close friend (Anna) and her family (the Panta Family with three children 4, 2, and infant ) have been impacted by a rare, aggressive cancer as Anna has begun rigorous treatments. It is in these times of struggle that we seek to find ways to support, heal and show compassion. In an effort to commend Anna’s strength, determination and Grit, Dan would like to cross the lake in her honour with proceeds from his record swim being donated to the London Regional Cancer clinic in recognition of Anna’s bravery.
As Dan endures his 32km swim from Honey Harbour, Ontario to Midland, Ontario, and returning back to Honey Harbour, he will battle self-doubt, withstand pain, live in the moment, focusing on what he has control over and abide to the ever changing conditions. All of this seems minimal when we think and empathize with cancer patients, like Anna that endure incomprehensible physical and emotional struggles as they undergo treatments.
All funds further donated will be sent to Anna’s family as she undergoes treatment in China. We have already e-transferred her the money.
From this point forward additional funds raised will be donated to the Panta family and Anna’s treatment. Anna is a 32 year r old mother of three wonderful children age 5, 3 and an eleven month old infant. Back in January of 2018 Anna Panta was diagnosed with uterus/cervix cancer. Ever since she has been fighting this disease with a bravery of a grizzly bear mother! After completing her chemo and radiation treatment she was considered to be disease free. Unfortunately before her last round of chemo she found a small lump in her left breast which the doctors explained away as nothing. Within a month and a half it tripled in size and had to be removed. A few days after surgery a CT scan (June 26) was performed and the cancer has spread into her lungs and abdomen. She has been diagnosed as stage 4. Despite the return of the disease Anna is not giving up and still fighting! On July 4th she and her husband Bart left for China so that Anna could undergo a cancer treatment in Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou (MCHG) that is located in southern China in the city of Guangzhou. Doctors in MCHG are helping patients win the fight against cancer using advanced technologies and personalized approaches. So once again, Anna had to leave her babies behind, for what they anticipate this time to be a month, so that she could take this chance on beating the cancer one more time in a faraway China. The cost of the treatment was initially estimated for about $30,000 CDN so through this campaign we are trying to help Anna and Bart to cover the expense. Any help is greatly appreciated in contributing to Anna’s fight against this terrible illness.