I am riding in the Empire State Ride, an event to raise money for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY, for a couple of reasons.
The first reason for riding in this event is, that the money raised will be used by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the search for curing cancer. This is near and dear to me, because I have an aunt who has inoperable Metastatic Breast Cancer. Here is a little of her story:
In April 1999 my aunt was diagnosed with Breast Cancer that went into remission in May 2001. Then in October 2013 her cancer markers were high. A PET scan revealed that she now had cancer in her left lung; therefore, known as Metastatic Breast Cancer since it has spread to other areas of the body. My aunt was told that she had 8-15 years to live. In 2016, she was to have surgery to remove 1/3 of her left lung and cancer tumors that the doctors had found. During the surgery, the surgeon decided not to remove anything because they found cancer in her right lung. The surgeons feared that if they continued the surgery the cancer would spread very quickly to other parts of her body. Of course, she is experiencing a lot of side effects from the chemo, including neuropathy in the hands, legs and feet, and not having enough energy to get through the day.
My wife’s family has dealt with cancer on a much wider scale. She has lost her father, 2 grandparents, 3 aunts and 2 uncles to cancer.
The second reason for riding in this event is the physical challenge of riding over 500 miles in 7 days. I have been riding consistently over the past 4-5 years and have ridden in 3 one day charitable events in 3 of the last 4 years at 100 miles each. Back in 2003, I rode 200 miles over 2 days in a charitable event. This ride will be different than the one-day events in that it will be more demanding both physically and mentally, but these aspects will not be in comparison to what my aunt has gone through over the past 6 years dealing with Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Please consider making a donation to my efforts today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than what any one of us could ever accomplish alone. Join me in making a difference.
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