Member Profile: Kim Bannon Evinsky
On June 3rd, 2012, my husband Paul Bannon took a seizure at work and was unresponsive for over 20 hours.
Just 8 weeks later Paul lost his battle with what was a very aggressive Glioblastoma Brain Tumour! For 7 of those 8 weeks we were told he most likely had a brain infection and he would be “back in the game” with 8 weeks of anti-bacterial medication.
Let me tell you a bit about my Paul. He was the healthiest guy I knew--no seriously--he was a health nut!! Not just with his marathon running, most recent being Boston 2011, but with his eating habits as well.
Glioblastomas are deadly. They can hit a 55 year old man or a 15 year old boy. They are no respecters of life and there are very little conclusions on the cause of this deadly disease. We need to know more to conquer it and that takes money. Who knew that an MRI is not able to distinguish between a Brain Infection and a Brain Tumour? We didn't!!
My brother Garth McFadden, in Paul's memory, joined the Brainiac team in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer June 2013. I was inspired to join Garth on the ride. Although I live in Ontario, I made plans to fly to Vancouver and participate. My biggest hurdle was the fact that I had not been on a bike in 20 years and the last time I rode I had had a terrible bike accident just outside Whistler. I had no desire to ever ride a bike again, let alone a 230 km ride!!
2015 will be my third year in the RTCC and riding as a Brianiac is a wonderful way to Remember my beautiful Paul and also to give back by raising money to conquer this horrible disease! A week does not go by without meeting people effected by loosing loved ones too early at the hands of this deadly disease. My wonderful mentor from my Grief support group Griefwalk lost her dear sister Cathy last week also of Brain Cancer. I will be riding in memory of Cathy as well this year and also several lost husbands from my widow friends...a circle of friends that continues to grow at a rapid pace.
I am also riding in honour of many friends who have been hit with Cancer and are surviving...yeah!!! This too is a difficult journey and I am thinking specifically of my good buddy Garth and beautiful friend Anne...both positive, radiant and surviving!! WE are making progress in diagnosis and treatment but need to do better!