Despite being diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, Ashley Dieks, a 36-year-old paramedic with the Manitoulin Sudbury Emergency Medical Services, refuses to let it slow her down. She will soon join the Myeloma Canada Ride: Bike to Beat Myeloma, demonstrating her strength and resilience.
The Sudbury ride is a part of the national campaign, which will be held on June 11, Sunday, the ride will start from 46 North Brewery, 1275 Kelly Lake Road, Unit 1 at 9 am. The ride aims to raise awareness about myeloma and funds for a cure.
Individuals have the choice to embark on a more laid-back 30-kilometre journey or, for the more adventurous, select from higher-mileage rides ranging from 70 to 90 kilometres.
Everyone is asked to register for the ride. The friends and supporters can form a new team or they can also ride as an individual.
Dieks’ motivation for participating in the ride is to show his support for Myeloma Canada and to help fund research about the illness.
According to a news release, “Thankful for the medical treatments that have given her a second lease on life, Ashley is gearing up to cycle in Sudbury’s inaugural Myeloma Canada Ride: Bike to Beat Myeloma.”
In 2022, Dieks was shocked when she started experiencing unwanted pain in her chest and ribs, as he is known for her enthusiastic fitness. She was astounded when she found out that she hadn’t just injured herself from a workout; she had seven broken ribs and two broken vertebrae from simply exiting her car.
The release stated that after numerous tests and a biopsy, she found out she had multiple myeloma.
According to the aforementioned, “Ashley started intense chemotherapy immediately after being diagnosed and underwent a stem cell transplant a few months later in October 2022. While she is not yet in remission, Ashley is seeing very positive results with the maintenance therapy she’s receiving. Although she cannot workout as intensely as before her diagnosis, Ashley is pleased that she has been able to resume some of her favourite hobbies, including weightlifting and cycling.”