[updated July 29, also happy birthday, dad]
Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in December 2017--my second cancer diagnosis--there have been so many highs and lows. And far too many amazing people who've been affected by this insidious disease.
Every year, I ride for those who've lost their battles; my dad, my uncle Denton, my friend Ailish, my friend Jenna's brother Matthew—who we just lost on May 22 and my friend Lara's brother Aaron—who passed on June 1. For those who fought their own battles; my aunt Nancy, my grandma Dorothy, my aunt Millie, my friends Mariah, Lindsay, Brandy, Christine, Dorothy, Noel and my friend Jim's father Jim and his mother Judy. For those who are currently fighting; my friends Missi (sadly the newest member of this club), Robin and Laura. For those who, sadly, are still yet to be diagnosed. And finally, for myself. I keep hoping that list never gets longer. Unfortunately, each year I have to add someone new to ride for.
That list is TOO LONG!
It's time to put a stop to this. I rode my first Obliteride the day after chemo. During my second I was dealing with side effect from my new medication. But this year, I'm going BIG. Between now and August 8, I will be doing one mile for every day I have been living with Metastatic/Stage IV Breast Cancer. That is 979 miles! My version of a 'triathlon' will consist of 50 miles kayaking, 429 miles biking and 500 miles walking/running. As of July 29, I've hit 450 miles. If I don't make the entire goal, I am committed to keep going until I am done—with an updated goal of December 8, which will be my third metastatic cancerversary.
I'm committing to Obliteride because I believe research is the fastest path to curing cancer, and I also believe the team at Fred Hutch can get us there. My dad benefitted from several Fred Hutch trials before his death and was a huge fan of his team at SCCA.
Won't you help me in this effort to put cancer in its place, behind us? Please join my team and set your own goals or donate and tell others about my Obliteride effort.
Much love and thank you,