I am participating in The Ride For Roswell on Saturday, June 23! This is more than a bike ride for me.
As part of fundraising for the Ride last year (my first Ride), I shared a personal story about a gentleman I met during my own cancer fight and chemo treatments 7 years ago. In short, he was clearly struggling because he was not as lucky as I was. He had received a poor diagnosis and it was forcing him to face the likelihood of his own peril. It was a humbling experience to spend time in that setting with someone going through that. I was fortunate enough to be able to avoid letting those doubts creep into my mind during my treatment in large part due to the fact that I knew how effective the platinum based drugs discovered in the late 1970s are on the type of cancer I had. That was the only real difference between our circumstances. I concluded that story with the following pitch: "Don't donate because you know me and I had cancer. I'm fine. Do it with the hope that when someone in your family gets diagnosed, you will be able to feel that you helped their chances to be as fortunate as I was (that they will be able to walk into chemo treatments whole heartedly believing they will be fine), and hopefully fewer people will have to face what the gentleman I met did."
It did not take long for that message to apply to me personally, as my mother was diagnosed and then treated with four rounds of chemo at Roswell this past fall. Visiting with her during her treatments brought back some memories, and certainly became a role reversal of me pushing her to drink more water and smoothies just as she had for me (and if you know how persisitent my mother can be, you can probably imagine I had a little fun with this part). Thankfully, the great staff and doctors at Roswell helped successfully see her through those treatments and she is now officially in remission! I can personally attest to the confidence and pride you will feel when you walk into those treatment rooms and look around knowing that you had a small part in making Roswell what it is today. That is especially true when you get the opportunity to see a family member ring the end of treatment bell!
Therefore, this year I am dedicating my ride to my amazing mother who very recently beat cancer (with a little help from Roswell). Please consider making a donation to help me reach (and exceed) my fundraising goal.