I'm riding in memory of my father Gerhard, diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma one month after his retirement at age 80. His one sole year of retirement was spent on chemo and then hospice rather than finally heading out with my mother on long awaited adventures.
I'm riding in memory of three of my closest high school girlfriends, Deena, Kathy and Annette, who left behind wide-eyed young sons and daughters who could not begin to understand.
I'm riding in memory of Tim and of Maarten, diagnosed and taken by even rarer forms of melanoma in under 3 months, while in the prime of their lives. For colleague Sharon, gone within weeks of diagnosis, and for dear parents of childhood friends. I also think fondly of the friends and family who are our strong survivors.
And finally, I'm also riding in memory of my dogs Poncho, Jessie, Sky, Isabella, Bruce and Oskar, and for my horse Rosa.
Cancer affects everyone and everything and leaves behind so much pain and loss and emptiness. Thank you for your support of Obliteride. It feels so good to make a difference.