It has been a difficult and eventful 2 years since I last rode in the Ride for Roswell. It started with a relapse of my cancer, Multiple Myeloma (actually I was already in relapse at the time of that ride – easily the most difficult one I’ve completed to date). After the Ride in 2019, I started chemo in preparation for a second Bone Marrow Transplant. This initial chemo resulted in my lungs filling up with blood clots. After treatment for that at Roswell, a different line of chemo was used, leading up to the transplant in February 2020. My stay in Roswell for the transplant included battles with the flu and pneumonia. I was released just prior to the start of the pandemic lockdown. Two months later, my gall bladder acted up (unrelated to the cancer or treatment, just doing what gall bladders sometimes do) and was removed during a procedure at Roswell. I then started chemo maintenance, a normal path following a transplant. At the end of 2020, I joined a study for Myeloma patients evaluating the effects of exercise on our immune system and overall health. Strenuous exercise. Strong enough, and then some, to get me ready for the Ride.
With all that in mind, I am asking you to help me give back to the incredible team at Roswell that guided me down this path so that I am still here to participate in this year’s Ride. Please use the below link to go to my personal page and make a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated.