BENEFITING: SARCOMA ALLIANCE
EVENT DATE: Feb 04, 2017
If you don't know my wife, Julie, she's a bad ass. Besides the fact that she was a collegiate swimmer, attended Duke and Emory, blows my mind daily with her physical therapy brain, and is the most compassionate person I have ever met, she was also diagnosed with cancer in August 2015. Since then she has risen to the greatest challenge of her lifetime with a stalwartness that puts anyone to shame. It's all chronicled on her blog so I won't recount all the craziness that has been our last 2 years: https://youthsportspt.com/when-the-doctor-needs-a-doctor/.
But to summarize, Julie has had EVERYTHING thrown at her: tumor the size of a grapefruit, check. Emergency ambulance ride, check. Virtually unknown medical condition, check. Experimental chemotherapy, check. Broken titanium hardware, check. Insurance battle, check. And throughout it all she has squashed everyone's expectations of what a cancer fighter should be doing.
Julie started her own business in 2016. She has thrown all her extra energy into that passion. Our former 3rd bedroom is now a treatment room, complete with a ceiling-mounted Red Cord and an arsenal of various gauge solid filiform needles in the closet. When she was still recovering, she'd still see patients, putting their pain ahead of hers. It could be a high school athlete or a sponsored pro. She doesn't have a thought in her head when she treats them except to make them get better. But wait! There's more! Julie also takes and teaches pilates; teaches a pilates course at Emory University; trains to swim in events from Georgia to Italy; advises a junior board of high school swimmers with philanthropic aspirations; published her own e-book; produces and stars in international podcasts; and raised almost $5,000 for Swim Across America's Atlanta event, from which all proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Aflac Cancer Center.
Julie would not be here today without the research that the Sarcoma Alliance supports. I would not have my wife, my best friend, or the inspiration to continue trying to keep up with her. The very least I can do to thank the Alliance for such a gift is to encourage other people to support their cause by putting myself in as much pain as possible. Starting on February 4th, 2017, I will be undertaking the 700-mile Kiwi Brevet mountain bike race in New Zealand. The event is self-supported, meaning there are no aid stations, no one to help you on the route. Each rider carries their own kit and must deal with whatever the environment throws at them over the course of 5-8 days. This is the biggest adventure I have ever undertaken! It's certainly nothing compared to the adventure Julie has been through, but I hope it will inspire you to make a contribution to the work of the Sarcoma Alliance.
I'm hoping we can raise at least $1 per kilometer (it's 1,100 kilometers long). You'll be able to watch my progress online at https://kiwibrevet2017.maprogress.com/. Consider making a $1 donation for every kilometer I cover - that way I have all the more reason to keep pushing on no matter what happens! I guarantee there will be moments I struggle to continue. Knowing that my progress might support a great organization like the Alliance will help keep my spirits high!