Philippine Showbiz Today Vol 14 No 6 - Page 12

12 Philippine Showbiz Today March 22 - April 7, 2019 Cover Story Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC) Fundraiser: Joey in Perfect Harmony concert C ancer is a horrible disease that affects us all in one way or another, but at the fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th, we raised money and morale. Aside from raising money that will turn the dial on cancer research, we raised awareness and showed that there is hope.   Headlining the event was my mom, Joey Albert. While many know her as the Filipino singer and songwriter, some may not know that she is a 3-time cancer survivor. I can remember the two most recent incidents, but I was very young when she went through it the first time. Before I was born, Joey lost her father and sister to colon cancer, but she was able to beat it herself. Twice. I remember how horrible it was to watch her go through this both times, and can’t even imagine how hard it must have been for her. I was very inspired by her strength and resilience, and decided to find some way to take action.   While I am not a researcher or a doctor, I can ride a bike. So I started a team called “Fast and Cure-ious” for the Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2017, and at first there were only 4 of us. Since then, we have grown in size and now have 11 riders. Each of them rides for By Margarita Pacis their own personal reasons, and we support each other as much as we can. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a 200 km ride from Vancouver to Hope that takes place over 2 days in August. Each participant has to raise a minimum of $2,500 in order for the ride; all of this goes to the BC Cancer Foundation to improve cancer research. This research benefits people like my mom and ensures that health care is as advanced as it can possibly be.  Raising $2,500 can be a daunting task, but becomes much easier through planning fundraisers and events. Since starting the team, we have planned an event called “Dance to Conquer Cancer” every year with the help of my mom and the Manilaband. We typically play 80’s and 90’s themed music, and there is always plenty of dancing. While the general tone of the event is meant to be light and fun, it can be an emotional night for many people (myself included) because of what it stands for. For me, it is a reminder that while Joey’s battle is over, we still haven’t beat cancer yet. But the event always fills me with hope. To see so many people come together and to receive so much support for a shared cause is very uplifting and inspires me and my team to continue to participate in the Ride.  This year, the show was called “Joey in Perfect Harmony”, which is a play on words that acknowledges our special guest star, Perf de Castro. We were so fortunate to have Perf come up to Vancouver for the show – he is an amazing person and performer! The event was at Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver, BC. We ended up selling out the event very early on and had a full house. We raised over $2,600 from this one event Kulinarya Filipino Eatery sold delicious food at the event, and all of the proceeds from that will go to cancer research as well. Overall, it was a very successful night and we are excited to do it again next year. ● Photos by Christian Cunanan & MC