It's about making every moment count when it comes to how Sindy Hooper lives her life. Sindy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five years ago. Odds of survival were slim for her, just like other patients faced with this diagnosis. “My life changed forever when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The average survival for this cancer is only 6 months, 75% die within the first year, only 6% live for 5 years.”
Sindy has defied the odds from her diagnosis and through her treatment, which included two major surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. In fact, she has become an inspiration to those who cross paths with her. That inspiration began when she was determined to participate in an Ironman race between chemotherapy treatments.
She completed that race.
Sindy also continues to inspire through her determination to raise money for cancer research. This year, she's back supporting The Ottawa Hospital at Taramack Ottawa Race Weekend, with a new team name: #MEMC – Make Every Moment Count. It's not lost on Sindy, just how fortunate she is. “I've been given this incredible gift of time, and I am grateful for it, every single day! I'd like to keep giving back to The Ottawa Hospital because I believe in the outstanding care they provide to residents of Ottawa and the surrounding area.”
When you put together her training and her dedication to helping to find a cure for cancer, it's a win-win. "The training that goes into walking or running any distance will make us stronger and healthier. But we can also walk or run for a reason that’s larger than ourselves. We can make every step really count, by tying our running goals with fundraising for The Ottawa Hospital."
To date, Sindy and her dedicated teammates have raised more than $160,000 for cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. Watch for Sindy crossing the finish line at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, May 26-27, with her fellow #MEMC teammates. They'll be celebrating another phenomenal experience and giving back to the hospital which saved her life.