2022 was not a well celebrated year for our family. My Stage IV Lung Cancer has metastasized to the brain. In November Kaitland had a reoccurrence of her brain tumor, which now has mutated into an aggressive form and is a Grade 4 Glioma. With continued research and advancements I am receiving targeted therapy, which stabilized the disease process at the moment. Kaitland has had a second craniotomy and will be entering into a phase 1 clinical trial in the next few days. The last few months have been challenging to say the least. Kaity has had some very serious complications this time around and requires a lot more time to heal from this last surgery before she prepares to start her Immunotherapy regimen. Without everyone’s love, support, and prayers we would have not made it this far. We will both fight to continue to kick cancers a$$.
I fight for me, I fight for my daughter, I fight for those family we have already lost to this terrible disease, and I fight for all of my patients every day, as I am also fortunate enough to be an employee of this amazing hospital. The day I give up the fight is the day I let cancer win.
This is my third time participating in the Ride for Roswell as a rider. Previous years I was fortunate enough to be volunteer and assist with medical needs. My personal goal is to compete the10 mile ride with my family this year. Some physical limitations prevent me from being able to ride a longer distance, but I will not let this stop me. My family and friends are riding with me to help keep me motivated and moving.
I care about making a difference in the future of cancer research and bringing an end to this devastating disease. That’s why I am participating in the 2023 Ride for Roswell!
Please help me raise critically needed funds to support the thousands of patients who turn to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for hope each year. Your donation provides funding that researchers need in order to investigate new treatment options that could save lives in our community and around the world. For every dollar donated, Roswell Park can leverage an additional $13 in new grant funding!
Please consider making a donation today to help find cures. Together, we can make a difference.