Hundreds of people are set to break a sweat in the name of cancer research and care as the BC Cancer Foundation’s Workout to Conquer Cancer presented by RYU Apparel kicks off today.
Committed to breaking a sweat for 31 days straight, participants will lunge, bike, run and dance every day this month while fundraising to change the outcome for British Columbians facing cancer.
Geoff Livingston is taking on the challenge to support a cause he has a personal connection with, having faced cancer himself.
An avid cyclist, in the summer of 2018 Geoff conquered his goal of riding his bike from Banff, Alberta all the way to Mexico.
“At the time, it was what I thought would be the biggest challenge of my life,” he says. “But it didn’t compare to what I had to face when I got home.”
After putting his body through such a demanding trek, Geoff visited his doctor once he returned to get checked out.
In the best physical fitness of his life, Geoff was stunned after an ultrasound showed signs of concern. Geoff learned he had a tumour in his kidney and was booked for surgery..
“Hearing the word ‘cancer’ is something you don’t expect to hear,” the 32 year-old says.
Half of his kidney and the full tumour were removed through surgery, and the next day Geoff learned he was cancer-free.
Recovering from cancer and surgery, today Geoff is kicking off another challenge as he takes on Workout to Conquer Cancer and commits to moving in some shape or form every day in May.
“I’m honoured to share my story – it allows me to make some noise and create opportunity for people to get healthy and stay fit and hopefully not have to go through some of the things I’ve gone through this past year,” Geoff says.