Research advances knowledge and that’s the path to obliterating cancer. For that reason, I’m going ALL IN to accelerate research at Fred Hutch.
My father was diagnosed with the incurable blood cancer multiple myeloma the same time my son -- his first grandchild -- was born. Through several chemotherapy courses and a stem cell transplant, he fought for 8 years as we hoped that research would advance quickly enough to find a cure for him. Unfortunately it did not, and my father passed away in October 2015.
When my dad was diagnosed, he said, "Nowadays it's not 'I wonder if I'll get cancer,' but 'I wonder what kind of cancer I'll get and if it will kill me." In the four years since losing him, I continue to cheer, celebrate, support, and mourn with so many friends and family facing cancer. And as a photographer for Soulumination, I serve children and parents who are in the midst of this fight. This is a fight that touches us all.
This needs to stop. Treatment needs to be easier. Cures need to be found. My dad's words, true at the time he said them and still true today, need to be proven wrong. And to do that, research must be supported. In a climate in which research and science are being undervalued, raising money for cancer research is more important than ever.
I am not a strong rider, but I am strong in my passion and commitment for curing cancer. I want to photograph fewer children suffering through chemo. I want to know fewer families who have lost their mothers, fathers, children, siblings, grandparents to this disease. I want my children to grow up in a world where the word "incurable" is never uttered in combination with "cancer".
Please help me fund research by riding with me, donating to my ride, and telling others about Obliteride.
For my Pa, Bob, Kelly, Lynette, Meagan, Betty, Kerry, Nancy, Julie, Snow, Vic, Jennifer, Sara, Eric, Val and countless others.