BENEFITING: Prostate Conditions Education Council
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2013
My mission: After inline skating across Colorado in 2012, I'm am tackling Texas this year. I'm going to start at the Gulf of Mexico and inline skate to Oklahoma, 600+ miles to raise money for the early detection of prostate cancer.
Here's my story:
At the age of 44 years old I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Before I was diagnosed, I knew something was wrong with my health and visited the doctor for frequent testing. My primary physician never thought to give me a PSA or DRE exam due to the common practice of denying younger men prostate screenings. Only by intuition and seeking out another doctor, was I able to be diagnosed. Moreover, given the nature of my aggressive tumor, I possibly could have died from this disease before the prescribed prostate screening at age 50.
I elected to have surgery in November of 2011. Due to complications after, I spent 19 days in the hospital battling 3 serious infections. I had plenty of downtime to reflect on life and what I wanted to do when I fully recovered. I felt called to make a difference by raising awareness and funds for the early detection of prostate cancer.
I am a very active individual and have been inline skating for 17 years. In fact, just two days after my prostate cancer diagnosis, I went on my longest skating trek ever, a 60-mile skate from Boulder to Greeley, CO. I had been planning it for months and wasn’t about to let cancer stop me from doing what I love.
Clearly I have a passion for inline skating and a new intensity for helping others afflicted with this same disease. I met my goal in 2012 by combining these two passions and skated 395-miles across Colorado, raising $17,000 for the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), based in Centennial, CO. I did this by accepting pledges, donations and sponsors.
In 2013 I will to continue my skate proceeding 600+ miles through TX from Nov 1 to 15, 2013 to raise money for the early detection of prostate cancer.