I'm proud to join the 4th annual Wings Ride to Rosemary. We will have 25 guys ride 525 miles in 5 days from Memphis, TN to Rosemary Beach, Fla.
I went down on the ride last year in a support vehicle, and was amazed at this group of men and the ride. This is a difficult physical feat - for a recreational cyclist a "Century Ride" is a big deal, and these guys do 5 in a row. Moreover, to these men this is a rolling retreat, an opportunity for friends to be together, share a difficult experience, and suffer a little to help others.
To me, this is personal: I refuse to let cancer define what I can and cannot do in my life!
My battle with throat cancer left me with battle scars: I don't generate much saliva, I have difficulty swallowing both food and water, and I'm prone to choking due to an imperfect swallow seal. Hydration and nutrition are a challenge for me as it's difficult for me to eat and drink on the bike, added to the challenges of learning cycling and getting in good enough shape to do the ride.
My point: don't let cancer stop you! I've asked for tons of advice and am working to find solutions to these problems. I hope to inspire others on their cancer journey to do the same: find solutions to the challenges of staying healthy. Don't let cancer stop you!
Cancer is part of my story, but it doesn't define who I am. Thank you in advance for supporting me on this amazing journey.