It’s been exactly ten years since I heard the three words no one ever wants to hear.
Thanks to my doctors and an early diagnosis I have reason to celebrate. A big anniversary since hearing those three awful words.
I couldn’t let this milestone pass without doing something meaningful to help other members of the club. That club no one wants to join. I’ve been on my bicycle outdoors and spinning indoors for several months to train for the Empire State Ride. It’s a seven day journey from New York City to Niagara Falls. 546 miles across New York State. And finishing at one of the premiere cancer research hospitals, Roswell Park.
And why would anyone spend seven days on a bicycle? Since my diagnosis I’ve seen too many members of my family, friends and co-workers hear those same three awful words.
2008 was also the year I lost my mom to breast and lung cancer. She lived just four weeks after her diagnosis. Since then I lost my first cousin to pancreatic cancer, my father-in-law to colon cancer and my closest college friend to brain cancer. It’s a horrible thought but everyone knows someone that will be touched by cancer. Everyone you know. Everyone I know. Everyone. Since my diagnosis there are too many people in my circle that are fighting or fought this hideous disease. And riding my bike is what I can do to help raise awareness and funds for research in the fight against cancer.
I was searching for an inspiring quote when I came across these words from human rights activist Nelson Mandela, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” I want to help make a difference. I want to help friends and family and people I’ve never even met have a better chance to beat this disease. I want my children and my children’s children to live in a place where the fear of cancer does not exist.
Since it’s been 10 years since my diagnosis, I am setting a goal to raise $10K to celebrate. You can help me make a difference. No donation amount is too small. And maybe, just maybe, one day the three dreaded words “You have cancer” will be just a memory.
You can get more info on this amazing non-profit fundraiser at: http://empirestateride.com/the-cause/
Remember, to follow the journey from July 29 to August 4th on social media: #NYC2NF #EmpireStateRide
100% of the proceeds from the Empire State Ride go directly to fund promising cancer research initiatives including a first-of-its-kind brain cancer vaccine, new therapies for ovarian cancer which is a disease that is typically very hard to treat and breakthroughs in immunotherapy which has greatly improved treatment for lung cancer. All proceeds from the Empire State Ride are managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation that is rated Four Stars (out of four) by Charity Navigator.
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