Good Day, I am Kimson Chan. I am a regular runner ( mostly I do road running and occasionally, I do trail running). I am also a casual cyclist. What I mean by casual is that I mostly do the annual 947 Cycle Challenge as part of my cycling. I have already done three cycle challenges and this would be my forth cycle challenge. In addition, I have done three Two Ocean half marathons.
About Ependy Angels
Ependy Angels is Non-Profit Organisation started by Sharyn O'Neill (Layla's mother).Ependy Angels assists children who are fighting cancer, and their families.The organisation was passionate about helping children and although they could not cure cancer, they continue to raise funds and awareness to make the battle more tolerable for the families involved. The most recent project Ependy Angels has undertaken is the refurbishment of the kiddies playroom in the Oncology ward at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
On 17th May 2013, Layla O'Neill was sadly diagnosed with Ependymoma. Ependymoma is a tumor that arises from the ependyma, a tissue of the central nervous system. This mostly affects the brain and the spinal chord area. As such, she is unable to walk. Despite experiencing pains and suffering and doctors not being certain of her future and survival, she has managed to overcome the odds for the past 5 years. During that time, she has managed to live the dream and achieve many things. The main highlight being able to finish the whole 947 Cycle Challenge last year.
My presence in Layla's journey
I joined the Ependy Angels team in 2017 and since then, I have been involved in Layla's journey every step of the way. She is an inspiration to all pediatric cancer patients. The Ependy Angels team is a wonderful teamand I am very humbled to be a part of the team. Even so, Layla's smile has really inspired me and as such, she is very close to my heart. I was involved in the 2017 947 Cycle Challenge and although I was not able to see her cross the finish line, I was happy for her. Since then, I did the 2018 Two Oceans in honour of her.
My Mission and Vision
My vision and mission is quite simple. It is to put a smile in Layla's face and help her turn her fantasy dreams into reality. In addition, I would like to help many other children who are cancer sufferers live a life similar to Layla's. The journey will begin at the Soweto Marathon and will climax at the 947 Cycle Challenge.
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