This year I will be riding in honor of a long-time friend and colleague of mine, Ken Kruppner, who is fighting a courageous battle against an aggressive form of multiple myeloma, a treatable, but incurable type of blood cancer.
Ken was first diagnosed the day after Christmas, 2016. His battle began with four months of chemotherapy, followed by an autologous stem cell transplant. The stem cell transplant was then followed by a course of maintenance chemotherapy. While undergoing maintenance chemotherapy, Ken was also diagnosed with aHUS, a rare kidney disorder. Thankfully, the disorder was detected in its early stages, and Ken was able to be treated.
Unfortunately, the myeloma returned in full force and with vengeance in April, 2018. Ken was given only three months to live. A chemo “cocktail” regimen was prescribed to help keep him going through the summer of 2018, at which point he was able to receive an allogenic stem cell transplant using stem cells from his 23-year-old daughter, Kelly.
It has now been 100-plus days post-transplant, and Ken is doing fine, so far. It’s been a long and very difficult two-year battle for Ken. He recently told me “At this time I would not say I am beating cancer, but surviving cancer to the best of my ability. I am not ready to throw in the towel yet. If anything could be learned from my treatments that would help other patients, I’d be more than willing to sign up to help.”
To help find cures for patients like Ken, I will again be riding in the 44-mile Canada Route this year, as part of The Ride For Roswell on Saturday, June 22. The ride starts at Roswell Park, goes over the Peace Bridge into Canada and along the Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls. Once in Niagara Falls, the route crosses over the Rainbow Bridge and heads for a finish at the University at Buffalo.
You can make a difference by supporting me in The Ride For Roswell. Funds raised through The Ride support cutting-edge research and compassionate, innovative patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Please consider supporting me. Together, we can help find cancer cures and save lives.
Thank you for your support!