Heidi Lea Googe
I ride for three individuals…two maternal aunts and my stepmom. One aunt passed away from renal cell carcinoma before some of the newer treatment options were available. As a teenager, I spent a significant amount of time with her on the weekends, as her daughter and I were very close. Their home served as my home away from home on the weekends. My other aunt passed away from metastatic breast cancer several years later. Their losses devastated my family and have left a significant void in our hearts.
My stepmom is currently living with stage IV lung cancer. She was diagnosed in 2011 and she has left her doctors with no clear path forward because they have not had someone survive this long after having such advanced disease, even after aggressive measures such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Her life proves to me that miracles can happen. My stepmom has been such an inspiration to me, as throughout her journey she has never complained, takes each day one step at a time, and has hope and peace unlike anyone I've ever seen.
Additionally, I am also on my own personal journey living with a cancer diagnosis. I get up every day and face the uncertainty of tomorrow, but know that I have to keep going.
What inspires me is the smiles that I see from patients when I walk into a doctor's office, the positive attitude that they carry, and the hope that gets them through each day.
I am riding so that patients can continue to smile, continue to have hope, and to have the best quality of life possible.
My message to cancer
We are strong, we will fight and we will not let you define us.