Allistaire was one of my best little friends. She was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML) at a very young 21 months. For four and a half years she and her family fought for her life. She was the cutting edge of cancer research. Literally, her life pressed hard against the boundaries and her life was sustained by novel study treatment provided by Fred Hutch on multiple occasions. She lived an additional 3 years beyond what anyone thought possible because of as she would say, "Obliteride helps the smarty pants doctors make tubbie medicine to cure my sickness!" Allistaire passed away April 30th, 2016 with her family by her side. Her absence aches in my heart, SO much. However, I choose to face that pain and fight back! Obliteride is not just a bike ride. It is part of my heart because it meaningfully reminds me of my Allistairy and raises money to extend and SAVE MORE LIVES FASTER!
SO!!! I’m stepping up to ask people to join me in fighting cancer. Cancer has taken too many lives and is threatening too many more. We’re learning, but need to learn faster. Research is that path to discovery and understanding.
I have worked as a nurse with pediatric oncology patients & their families for the past 12 years. Every year my heart is more touched by the specific stories that each child comes with and the story that their lives become as cancer assaults every part of their being. As a nurse, I don't feel like I have the luxury to just "do my job" and call that enough in the fight against cancer. I see the necessity for research and the lives that it has already saved. So this year I am committed to riding in Obliteride to raise money for one of the top cancer research facilities in the United States, the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.
Please join me in this fight. Ride with me, donate to my ride, and tell others about Obliteride. Because while riding Obliteride might be hard, it’s nothing compared to fighting cancer.