The number 16 has always been lucky for me and last year was no different.
As you may already know I have been dealing with melanoma for the past few years. Just before last year’s Ride I had a craniotomy to remove a tumor that had metastasized and hemorrhaged in my brain. Amazingly, I was able to be outside for the start of the Peleton just a few days later to kindle the Torch of Hope with Mitch Flynn and see my friend Steve Boyd ride in my place.
Through your outpouring of generosity, I raised over $20,000 and was in the top 10 fundraisers from over 7,400 riders who together raised $4.7M!
It has been a challenging year battling the very severe side-effects of immunotherapy that attacked every muscle in my body and induced Myasthenia gravis and Myocarditis which also caused me to see double for almost two months and lose over 40 lbs. of muscle. In the winter they found and successfully treated a few new melanoma nodules in my armpit. So with the wonderful treatment and care I received at Roswell from a team of dedicated doctors, nurses, PA’s and technicians I am doing much better and gained back the weight (and then some).
Now it’s on to this year’s Ride on June 23, 2018.
I feel truly blessed by the support and encouragement I have received from so many people. For those going through their own struggles with cancer we all are so fortunate to have another thing in common – this incredible resource in our own backyard known as Roswell Park.
I am again riding with team "Kids Just Want To Have Fun" which promises to match 50% of my pledges. For those of you who have contributed in the past and those who may be supporting me for the first time, there is no better time than now to do it by making this Ride the biggest and best fundraiser in Roswell history and helping me celebrate a positive step in the fight against cancer.
Remember no donation is too big or too small!
Thank you for your support.