The Empire State Ride is more than a bike ride. This July, I'm cycling over 500 miles across New York State to end cancer.
I've been a lifelong athlete and discovered long distance bicycle riding in 1995.
I was drawn to the sport after undergoing 3 knee surgeries due to college basketball injuries.
I stopped running and started cycling.
At the end of 1999, I moved to NNY and slowly my riding decreased as the years passed. NNY is a harsh climate 7 months out of 12, so the motivation to stay in top shape really declines when the cold arrives. This excuse woke me up when cancer struck me in 2020.
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 ovarian cancer in June 2020 and Stage 1C endometrial cancer in September 2020 (discovered post-surgery). Choosing Roswell Park Cancer Institute to take care of me was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Dr. Stacey Akers was my GYN oncologist and her team gave me top notch care for 6 months while I was on Chemotherapy and went through a total hysterectomy. My wife and I felt so safe and secure knowing we were getting the best possible cancer care while a pandemic was ongoing and destroying countless lives.
The night before my 2nd chemo treatment, I was in the Buffalo Wyndham hotel room looking at the Roswell website and I saw something about this epic bike ride.
I spent the next hour looking at all the YouTube videos from past rides and was really inspired. I promised myself that once I got through all my chemo treatments and my surgery, I would register for the 2021 ride and get back into shape after surviving cancer.
It took cancer to humble me and to make me aware I wasn't taking care of myself. I let work get in the way of getting on my bike. Bicycle riding is my happy place and since registering for the 2021 Empire State Ride I've committed to training and to make women aware of their GYN cancer risk.
Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer. This is my opportunity to make a difference and impact cancer research from the seat of my bike. Together, we can fuel groundbreaking discoveries and bring an end to this terrible disease.
Please consider donating 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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