My life changed forever on September 25, 1984. The greatest man I have ever known, and the best role model a young man could ask for, died after a relatively short battle with cancer. My Dad’s disease started as a melanoma and then progressed to multiple organs. I have, to this day, always wondered “what if”. What would my life be like if Dad were still with me. I think back to how great it would have been to spend time with my Dad as an adult and do things together that we never had the chance to do. I think about him every day and miss him so much.
Fast forward 32 years. My wonderful, loving mother-in-law lost her battle with pancreatic cancer just six weeks after her diagnosis. Judy was a second mother to me and I was so lucky to have lived so close to her for so long. Dad and Judy were both taken from us way too early. So now my fight has taken on a new emphasis to honor both my father and my mother-in-law. The long wait to find such an event is now over, as I have finally found one that will allow me to honor both of their legacies!
I will be participating in the Empire State Ride in 2017. The Empire State Ride (ESR) is a 7 day, 540+ mile bicycle ride beginning July 30th in Staten Island and ending August 5th at the roar of Niagara Falls. This ride started in 2014 and has been growing in ridership each year. The ride benefits the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), America’s first cancer center. RPCI is one of only 45 centers in the United States to hold the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious designation of “Comprehensive Cancer Center” and has become the standard by which all modern-day Comprehensive Cancer Centers are measured.
Everyone knows someone whose life has been effected by cancer, and this is my opportunity to change the state of cancer research for good. Together, we can fuel groundbreaking discoveries, find cancer cures, and save lives.
Please consider making a donation today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than any one of us could accomplish alone.
My Personal Blog
I have been posting all of my updates on my personal blog site and realized my blog here is rather empty. First of all, so many thanks to all of you who have contributed to this very worthy cause! We are doing so much good to push further research to find a cure and treatment for cancer. As of this morning, we have eclipsed the $13,000 mark and currently sit as the number one fundraiser of the ESR. Yes, I am a competitive person by nature, but losing out as the number one fundraiser would be an awesome thing, as whoever beats me has done an incredible job of fundraising too! My hat will be off to them.
Training is going well, or at least as well as it can go without being able to ride hills. I am getting my hill workouts in on a trainer and fighting headwinds when I can. Otherwise, it is just time in the saddle. I did my first solo century ride (100 miles) this past weekend. I pushed it to make sure I was back by the time I needed to and ended up cramping up at mile 95. I pushed through it and made my first solo 100 miler!
That's the latest for now. Training and fundraising will continue on until the week of the ride. Please feel free to spread the word and ask your friends or family if they would like to make a donation too. It is all for a great cause!
by Alan Kurtz on Thu, Jun 01, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
Kicked off the fundraising!
I have kicked off my fundraising with my personal donation of $1,000 in my father's memory. My company will match 100% of my donation this year. After the start of the new year, I will make another $1,000 donation in my mother-in-law's memory, which again will be matched 100% by my company. Any and all support you can provide is greatly appreciated! Let's kick cancers ass!
by Alan Kurtz on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 9:59 AM