Welcome to Team Flourish Rx!
I'll be riding in place to move charity forward at the Tour de Pier! The Tour de Pier brings hundreds of stationary cycling bikes to the iconic Manhattan Beach Strand to create awareness and raise funds for three outstanding cancer charities: Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation.
“It all started a couple weeks after my birthday in September of 2012. I recently moved to sunny Southern California with my husband, Brandon, my 5 year old daughter, 3 year old daughter and 6 month old son. As you can imagine life was extremely busy and full of excitement, or should I say chaos!
We just got settled into our new house, were working on getting the girls acclimated to a new school and getting my interior design business rolling again and life back to normal. I always nursed my babies as long as I could, and this time was no different, except Gabriel kept acting very strange when I nursed him on my right breast. Eventually he would not nurse on that side and kicked and bite and screamed at me when I tried to feed him. It took 2 weeks of this before I realized he was trying to tell me something. I immediately called the doctor. I thought I had a breast infection. After seeing my Ob/Gyn, she suggested I see a specialist and referred me to the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. I went the following week for an ultrasound and biopsy. The doctor said the lumps were likely related to breast feeding and they would call me in a week. The next day I received a call from Dr. Kristi Funk, the director of the center. She explained I had some abnormal cells and I needed to return for a bigger biopsy.
On September 24, 2012 at 3pm, I sat waiting in an examination room with my husband when Dr. Funk entered the room. Her demeanor was serious, she had a serious look of concern. She cut straight to the chase and told me I had Breast Cancer!
I screamed and cried and asked if I was going to die! All I saw were my babies faces in my head and I could not bear to think they would have to go on living without me. It was the worst thing I could have ever imagined. Then I got mad! I was only 33 years old, I thought I was healthy. I exercised and didn’t overindulge in bad behaviors. How could this be?
On my way home before I could look my children in the eye, I stopped at the beach for a chance at some peace. I walked down to the water, sat there on the sand and thought and thought and prayed and prayed. It was then I realized that we have choices in life. We can choose to be grateful and live life in happiness, or not, and lose all the precious gifts we have been given. I decided then and there that I was going to research and educate myself in every possible way to help myself heal, Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally! I was in charge, and I promised I would make the changes necessary to Flourish and Survive! The rest was up to God but I wasn’t ready to die.” -Candice Witek
Please consider contributing towards my fundraising efforts today. Or if you'd like, you can join me for a day of fun at the beach, a great ride, remembering those we have lost and celebrating those who are currently battling this disease. Together we can make a huge difference so that no one faces cancer alone. Let's ride in place and move charity forward!
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