I am riding in memory of my uncle that unfortunately lost his battle to melanoma at a young age in 2007.
Growing up, I lived across the street from my uncle, aunt and cousins, and next door to my great grandmother who passed from colon cancer. My uncle was an incredibly talented guy artistically. He was a musician that played the drums in a band. He built and painted cars. He always seemed to have a life full of interesting hobbies. A life, sadly, that was lost too soon.
My mindset during the ride will be focused on the fact that I can do this and it is really nothing compared to some of the hardships that patients and families go through during cancer treatment. I will focus on overcoming this ride in honor of cancer patients and their families.
It is inspiring to know that patients and families find a way to rise to whatever challenge is in front of them, like my uncle. There are so many sacrifices many patients chose to make during their treatment journey and that will inspire me to keep pedaling on this bike journey.
My message to cancer
The clock is ticking.